Occupied West Bank, (Alresalah.ps)-- Mazyuna is a mother of an imprisoned son for life in an Israeli prison, but she keeps an empty bed for him next to hers.
Several years ago she had a stroke that made her lose her eyesight. For four years she has lied to her son, pretending she can see him.
“I can’t see him. I almost can’t hear him. Still, I would never miss a visit. Knowing he is close means so much,” says Mazyuna.
“I have taken out my festive dresses. I never wear them anymore. I cannot celebrate or rejoice”, she added.
When leaving her house before dawn to visit her son, she never sleeps the night before the visit.
Even before she arrives at the prison, she dreads the moment the visit will end.
She used to cross Israeli checkpoint for 30 years to visit her son. One time in that long period she was allowed to take a photograph together with her son.
Some 100,000 prison visits take place every year.
The eldest daughter in the family, Mazyuna had to take care of her siblings and never learned to read. Whenever someone comes to visit, she asks them to read her son’s letters to her out loud.