I miss my father so much

My father is in jail since more than 7-1/2 months. I miss him so very much! I don’t want to lose hope because he can’t be with us, but sometimes it is very difficult. Now, during Ramadan, it is very painful that he can’t be with us. I feel like I can’t wait for him to be here with us and get out of jail. To give strength to my hurting heart, I looked at old pictures from him.

In 2008, my father has been jailed already once. I look at the pictures of the time, when he came home from jail. It hurts in my heart to see him only in pictures. But at the same time it gives me hope, that he will come out of jail soon and be with us. I would like to share some photos of him from that time with you:

This is my father with uncle Salah. My father was so happy to hold his brother in his arms.

Here, he is with my older brother Sadat. I love his happy smile on this picture.

Here, he is hugging my cousin, uncle Ahmed's son.

When my father came out of jail, the pain of everything he had to suffer was still very fresh and made him cry. Also, he found out, that the Israeli occupation refused his work permit. He was so worried that he would not be able to feed the family without any income.

Uncle Ahmed and my father holding each other.

My father was so happy to meet Hassan Mousa after his release. He is a very close friend of my father. Right now, he is in jail, the same as my father: for 20 months and 15 days. We are trying to raise the money to pay the fine for him, too. So that he can go back to his family earlier.

My father with his closest friend Hassan Mousa

My grandmother (the mother of my mother) is so happy when my father was finally back from jail. He too, hold her tight, celebrating his return.

My father with my grandmother.

My father, when he met with his other friends for the first time after jail.

So many friends came to celebrate when my father came out of jail… I hope we can celebrate his return very soon, again…

Celebration after my father's return from jail.

About Saeed Amireh

My name is Saeed Ibrahim Amireh, I am 18 years old and I have been born and raised in Ni'lin, in the Westbank. During the summertime, I love to sleep on the rooftop of our house. When I see the beautiful stars, I dream to travel to far away places and meet people from all over the world. I can see the Mediterranean Sea from our roof. Often, I imagine what it is like to be at the beach and see the sun go down. I have never been to the sea because Israel does not allow us to go there. One week before the final exams in 12th grade, Israeli soldiers raided our house in the middle of the night, locked the whole family but me in a room, beat me, destroyed my room and arrested me. I was in jail for 4 months. They kept me in a small cell in complete darkness, with mice and cockroaches everywhere. They beat, threatened, and interrogated me constantly. To this date I know nothing about why they even arrested me, other than to punish my father for his non-violent activity in the "Popoular Committee Against The Wall". I've always dreamt to study and become a communication engineer. But since my father is in jail, me and my older brother have to work and take care of our mother and our small siblings. I miss my father so much, I would give anything for him to be free. But I am not even allowed to go and visit him in jail. Only my mother is allowed; she could go visit him for the first time after he was imprisoned for 4 months. Like all the villagers of Ni'lin, I wish I could taste the flavour of freedom just once.
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3 Responses to I miss my father so much

  1. Patricia Herrera says:

    I wish I could send you some money but I have very little now. I eat frugally on stamps that the U.S. government gives out to poor people and I am not working. U.S. is in decline and jobs are scarce. I sympathize with you and your family. Your father is such a great man to stand up to the Israelis. In my heart I know God will help you and your father be together soon.

  2. lesley says:

    This is a beautiful story , it touched my heart. You and your family have been so strong, I believe you will reach your goal, you are a very determined young man and you all deserve the best, love and blessing, thankyou for sharing this : ) lesley

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