Abdullah Hamed, Cairo

Every day of the thousand days that the journalist and Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein passed through his prison, his family and friends rolled for hours and hours, some of which were a source of joy and hope, many of them sad and desperate.In all cases, the prison walls prevented Mahmoud and his family from sharing these moments.

Perhaps the most painful event is to hear that his father is suffering and soreness and cannot help or even comfort him with a touch of a palm, kissing a front or patting on a shoulder.

The plight of Mahmoud's prison, without guilt, caused double pain to his father's uncle Hussein who added to the troubles of old age to inflict the frail body of Sheikh Sabeeni by carrying the disease and the pressure of oppression.

All the friends of Mahmoud loved his father that hard peasant with a pure pure smile, he was always keen to invite his friends to his home or to a simple orchard owned and proud of his father and his mother and keen to introduce them to his friends, but after the ordeal of prison absent smile of the bereaved father A cloud of deep grief, weakened his immunity and collapsed his resistance.

The father fell with a stroke in early 2018, and then recovered relatively, but the strokes came back again and again and again until the fourth came to eliminate his ability to walk, or move his left arm.

A joyous assassination

In May, Mahmoud's soul fluttered and loved him when he was informed of the court's decision to release him for lack of evidence after almost two and a half years in prison without trial.Everyone waited for his release, but the painful surprise was an unfair decision to return him to prison. This time a new case is not known.

Here was the most severe setback, the man's resistance collapsed more, and his health deteriorated as he saw the age bleed, he is unable to visit Mahmoud, the chief of his sons and the pillar of his family, nor Mahmoud is able to obtain permission from the prison authorities to visit his father.

A few days ago, Uncle Hussein lost the ability to speak, and was unable to eat and drink only through auxiliary devices in the hospital, while the mother of the seventieth mother was not better off, she does not stop crying on the thrill of her liver since the beginning of his ordeal deteriorated clearly and paralyzed nerve The seventh lost the ability to smile and became ascetic to speak.

For every 1,000 days, on every visit Mahmoud receives from one of his family, he would recommend to his parents as a charity, that they would not lack anything from what he used to do for them, care and attention.In that last visit, when he learned of their deteriorating health together, he engaged in a bitter cry, his family told us. .

Zahra's second daughter, Mahmoud, got married while her father was in prison.

Master Aya and wedding Zahra

It was no different to the nine sons of Mahmoud, who changed their conditions and features, and washed away the river of life, what bitter surprise that the face of a father surprised by the change in the lives and features of his children, and they visit him at intervals due to the narrowing on the one hand and their educational and social conditions on the other?

The eldest daughter Aya, the first joy of Mahmoud of this world life, decided to change his grief with joy, and proceeded to complete her letter to the master in Paris, France, until she received a high appreciation, delighted Mahmoud delighted incomplete, he would have liked to have a feast for this occasion, as he used to To do on such occasions, by inviting loved ones and friends.

He receives the good news, a nice shelf of sadness in his eyes that he could not conceal while receiving his daughter during her visit, so she tried to ease him by telling him that she was going to raise his head to get his doctorate soon, to celebrate together free without restrictions to celebrate what he did not celebrate. Of occasions.

When Aya arrives in Cairo on sporadic visits, her first destination is her father's cell, but on the last visit last month, she went to visit him the day before she returned to Paris, where she was stopped at the prison door and told her guards to prevent his visit.He had to travel the next day, carrying her backpacks and tears in her Her eyes.

The second Zahratha, Zahra, asked her father at the beginning of his imprisonment - postponing the completion of her marriage until his release, which he hoped soon, but the year of imprisonment has become two years, and more, then Mahmoud decided not guilt for the next couple of life to deprive them of the joy of their prison to complete their association, he insisted He is on his daughter and her fiance to complete the marriage without waiting for him to leave.

On Eid al-Adha in 2018, Zahra and her uncle were on a date with Mahmoud Hussein on a five-minute visit, during which he was scheduled to approach him on the wedding date, and after the peace and exchange of congratulations and blessings on Eid, the bell rang the end of the visit, and the daughter cried and asked Her uncle did not approach him, but the uncle insisted on talking about it, and in two minutes Mahmoud was shaking his head with sorrow mixed with joy in agreement with the date.

Zahra was married, on a night that the Egyptians call the night of joy, but when Zahra, deprived of the father's lap and tears of joy on this night, was a premature joy, in which tears mixed the joy of entering a new life, with tears of sadness for the absence of the father, and the parents were not better off.

As for Mahmoud, who is in his cell, you can imagine his condition.

Hajar, Rabab, Batoul and Asma
In the first months of Mahmoud's imprisonment, three of his daughters, Hajar, managed to cross the neck of the choking high school corridor to decide to enroll in law school, hoping that one day they would be able to recover compensation for the age of her father, who was unjustly imprisoned.

Hajar, who arrived in the third year of law school, hopes that her studies at the Faculty of Law will help her to stop the train of injustice in Egypt, and to help every oppressed like her father after she bitterly lost a thousand days.

Concerned that Mahmoud alone is unable to show support and parental assistance to his daughter Rabab in one of the most dangerous stages of life separation, the secondary school, as a crossroads of education burns the nerves of parents are free standing next to their children, what about us behind the walls?

Hassan, Ali and Fatima
The rest of the children, Asmaa, Batoul and Hassan, are studying at different basic educational levels. During the first 1,000 days, they continued to be bullied by their peers because their father was a "terrorist" as described by the regime's close anchor Ahmad Musa, to the extent that they did not go to school.

Even those peers sympathetic to Mahmoud's sons, their gaze and sympathetic words were painful because they always reminded them of their father's status.

The youngest child, or the last cluster, in the words of the Egyptians is the young Ali, was two years old when he was punished by deprivation of his father, and in the absence of several surgeries, and the smallest child left by Mahmoud barely speaks the word Baba and now wondering: Why deprived me from the lap of my father and any His guilt?