Qassim Al-Shiasi, 80, has been living in the Gaza Strip for 23 years. He fought to support the Palestinian issue for years. During this time, he married three women from Khan Yunis. And now, he lives in difficult conditions and is neglected by Palestinian officials who were his companions in Lebanon and Yemen.
He narrates the story of his life: “I love the people of Palestine. I voluntarily joined Palestinian army in Lebanon to support them and I was under the supreme command of Abu Ammar. Then I was transferred from there to Yemen with him to spend 12 years of my life there. I enjoyed his company and didn’t think that this would lead to Gaza. I was in a good situation financially. I got married three times. But everything changed as Abu Ammar passed away. I as the country’s military turned into a homeless itinerant and I couldn’t do anything about it because of my Iranian origin.”
Although, he lived many years in the Gaza Strip, he still has a thick Iranian accent that makes it hard for his listeners to understand what he means.
He is in a lot of pain and says: “I want to go back to my homeland, my wife and children are there and I’m really sick.”
Naama Al Shiasi, 50, his second wife, said: “He is married his first wife, Khayria Al Shiasi, for 23 years and has a daughter diagnosed with cancer. After 18 years, we got married and have a son. Then he married his third wife and they’re having two sons. We all lived in a house in Khan Younis until the aggressor Zionist regime targeted our house with missiles in 2008. We didn’t get anything for damages because of my husband’s Iranian origin. Now we are living in a rented house.”
“The district is not suitable for living because this place is an accumulation of waste spot and living environment is polluted,” she added.
Khayria Al Shiasi, 60, suffers from chronic depression. She says about their living conditions: “we do not receive any financial support. All our expenses are funded by charity. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, no one take care of me. I endured the pain all by myself and my husband only talks about returning to Iran and its prosperous life.”
After Yasser Arafat died, his salary of $ 600 per month was cut because he isn’t Palestinian. He explained: “my monthly salary was enough for our living expenses and there was nothing left to save. But now, 10 people are deprived of everything after the complete cut of my salary.”
The old warrior is in a bad mood. He said: “I want to visit the grave of Yasser Arafat and tell him what happened to me. I’m dying bit by bit, but no one will notice.”
Shiasi left his wife and children in Iran to join the ranks of the fighters for Palestine. He contacted them at first, then something happened that was not expected: “I was in touch with them every day. I promised them I’ll come to visit. But I was prevented for not being Palestinian. I completely lost contact with them and we have no news of each other. They even don’t know that I’m alive. Maybe they gave up looking for me.”
“I now wish to return to my country. I suffer from prostatitis, renal dysfunction and joint pain. I want to return to my homeland to be relief from pain and poverty and to be treated,” he added in the end.
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