Man Hasn't Slept for Twenty Two Years
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.