Man Hasn't Slept for Twenty Two Years

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - H.G. Has­san

Sala­haddin Amin has not been able to sleep for twenty-two years. His slowly wors­en­ing con­di­tion has dis­tressed his fam­ily and friends. From Taq Taq in the Er­bil re­gion of Kur­dis­tan, the fifty-seven year-old Kurd has one de­sire in life: to be able to sleep soundly once more.

In an in­ter­view with Bas news, Amin ex­plained the med­i­cal con­di­tion be­hind his in­abil­ity to sleep.

" I have not been able to sleep since 1992, and I think that this is re­lated to my past. In 1974, I had a very bad fall and broke my back. I couldn't go to the doc­tor at the time be­cause I was in a bad fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion. Af­ter that, the dic­ta­tor’s regime bombed our vil­lage. I was in­side a small house when it col­lapsed on me. Later, in 1992, I fell again and lost con­scious­ness for 45 hours. I can re­mem­ber sleep­ing on only 10 nights since then. I be­lieve all these ac­ci­dents are the rea­son I am how I am now."

Pro­vid­ing fur­ther de­tails, Amin ex­plains: "I have a blood clot and doc­tors have used elec­tric shocks as a cure 14 times now. How­ever, they have not been able to treat my prob- lem. They told me to go to Iran for med­i­cal treat­ment, but I am poor and I can­not af­ford it, even though it doesn't cost that much money."

One of Amin's sons laments how much pain and grief his fa­ther’s con­di­tion has caused the fam­ily. Be­cause, quite apart from its emo­tional im­pact, their fa­ther's lack of sleep af­fects their own as well. His son says his fa­ther's in­abil­ity to sleep "is caus­ing prob­lems for our fam­ily, be­cause he of­ten wakes us up in the mid­dle of the night on the grounds that, since he can­not sleep, why should we?".

With the pres­sure of an en­tire fam­ily to care for on Amin's shoul­ders, and his only source of in­come a women's store in the Taq Taq bazaar, poor fam­i­lies across Kur­dis­tan can only sym­pa­thize and hope that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment helps this man find a cure to the prob­lem that has plagued him for twenty-two long years.

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