It could be your son!!!
Posted on: 2007/11/4 7:08
First, I asked my friend Issam to write this himself because I could not handle the situation anymore but he refused and said he has his own reasons. I then asked him to allow me to write it but he refused too. After some argument and insisting upon him, he agreed, but said he keeps the right to edit any part of it. I also asked him to put a shortcut of it in the main page so every one will notice it easily!
Because I know Issam personally, I know almost every thing about him and I am going to tell this story, which may be overwhelming for many of you.
Issam Sergiwa is a good and gifted young man yet he is not that lucky guy as his subsistence is not good. He got married four years ago and now he has two kids: Yahiya (2 years) and Yasseen (1 year).
His little boy Yasseen was born a year ago with a rare genetic disease called "Celiac disease". When people with celiac disease consume gluten, a protein found in all forms of wheat (including durum, semolina, and spelt), rye, oats, barley and related grain hybrids such as triticale and kamut, the absorptive villi in the small intestine are damaged, preventing the absorption of many important nutrients.
Classic symptoms of celiac disease include diarrhea (a common cause of death in developing countries particularly among infants), weight loss (or stunted growth in children), and fatigue. Yasseen now is one year old, but if you look at him, you would think he is only two months!
The long-term effect of untreated celiac disease can be life threatening. However, with a completely gluten-free diet, the intestinal lining will heal completely allowing most patients to live a normal, healthy life as long as they remain free of gluten in their diet. Even a small amount of gluten can cause symptoms to reoccur.
The only effective treatment is a life-long gluten-free diet. Presently, NO medication exists that will prevent damage, or prevent the body from attacking the gut when gluten is present.
Celiac disease is one of those rare diseases that do not require drugs or medical treatments to deal with making it completely unprofitable for the medical industry. But we live in the real world, so the only way greedy people can make money off this disease is to offer a very expensive commercial 'Gluten-Free Food'!
"I'm already in debt for all the useless medical testing before my diagnosis, now I'm a college student having to shop gluten-free and spending a lot of money doing that. So I got the email update and read that I could buy the commercial gluten-free food listing. I was expecting it to be around $20 because I realize making that is someone's job and they deserve to get paid for it, so I'm not expecting it for free, but ALMOST 80 dollars???" Someone who has this disease said.
I know that Issam lives in a place where no Gluten-Free food available. I know his subsistence very well. I know he is not able to pay even less than $5 daily for a single meal from abroad for his boy... so you know the rest!
In order for him to earn more money so he can buy that expensive food for his little boy, he started to write programs and sell them to people in his hometown, as this is the only thing he knows in life but there were no people who have the culture of 'buying software' where he live. So he thought it might be a good idea if he sold his programs on the internet. And that is what happened.
He developed a program for a company where he lives and gained some money to own a personal website. The first month after he launched his website (Sergiwa.com), the downloaded programs from his websites alone reached more than 50,000 copies!
Almost all of his programs are free tools for personal use except one program or two. With this huge amount of programs being downloaded from his website and the other websites I was wondering why he is not earning money?
He told me that he made his calculations and found out the following:
For every 500 downloaded copies daily of CaSIR v2.0 for example, only ONE copy of it is legal (purchased from him) and the rest (499 copies) are all illegal (pirated). This is a disaster for his programs to the degree he told me he is thinking of stopping his work of developing programs because – you know- he didn't get the money he expected at least to buy that gluten-free expensive food. When I knew this I said to him: "You are crazy Issam, you must do something to stop this!!!". And he said: "What can I do? Even Microsoft, Symantec, Kaspersky and the all the big software companies could not protect their programs from being pirated!"
Therefore, I am writing this. I am saying to all the good people who downloaded Issam's programs and used pirated versions of them, please stop using pirated copies of Issam's programs. If you liked them, please buy them or else remove them from your systems.
Issam worked hard for life. He did not beg any one to donate for him, nor did he ask for alms for his kid. He did not beg any one to use his programs. All what he wants from you is to help him by not using pirated versions of his programs.
PLEAS STOP USING PIRATED VERSIONS OF ISSAM'S PROGRAMS!
If it is not for the sake of him, then stop it for the sake of Yasseen.
It's Issam's son, but it could be yours!!!
Thank you for understanding.
Re: It could be your son!!!
Posted on: 2008/1/24 18:09
I understand ☺.
Re: It could be your son!!!
Posted on: 2008/4/30 9:35
I have a two years old daughter, and I understood. I just bought something from this site. I am not a person who can offer BIG BIG things, but if buying through this site helps the author...I will do that, whenever it is possible :)
Kisses for your son, Sergiwa
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