I write this, because as much as I calculate and plan in my head about how much I can put together in the next few months I come up short. I put Home Foreclosure in the category since it’s the closest thing to our case but we actually already own our property. (Melat bank though, is taking it)
My name is Daryoush B.K (Darius in English), I’m from Iran and I live as a student in Malaysia with my brother. To tell you the truth until recently life wasn’t so bad, I had plans of becoming an Architect here and going back to my country which needs lots of development in a majority of its not so famous cities (there are quite a lot). I grew up observing how the negligence of some governmental bodies and the profits for the people responsible for constructing the buildings in so many places there, prioritized over structure safety and stability. Recent quakes there that aren’t even so powerful are a further testament to my narrative when I see the horrible damage it causes ordinary people. I wish not to portray myself as a hero but just tell you that my intentions were pure.
2018 comes the problem, sanctions are again put on my country, our currency collapses really badly this time, and I defer a semester hoping perhaps some time off, could help me financially. I’m a student here on a student visa so work is very limited and so is the pay. I said I’ll work through this and become stronger for it, maybe I can even cover my tuition fees myself and continue my studies here until I get my certificate. But apparently we the Iranian people weren’t the only ones hurt financially, so were the greedy, blood thirsty banks of my country. One of their strategies to ease the financial damage caused to them was a wave of property seizures (that go unreported by media) by finding minor faults with documents and claiming lands as their own which they then immediately sell, not caring that it would dismantle families and ruin lives.
A single shop in Kish island has been the source of revenue for my whole family (My 49 year old mother, 60 year old father along with my brother and I) for as long as I can remember. My aunt who also owns a part of 72 meter square shop also solely relies on the rent of this shop to keep her life moving. I won’t claim to understand all the technical legal details that revolve around this case, all I Know is that the bank demanded more and more documents and my father provided all they asked, yet knowing that if this goes to court, financially we would get crushed, they chose to do exactly just that.
So I decided to change the place I reside in and move to a single room with my brother and am constantly looking for an extra job. Almost entirely given up on my studies, since the legal fees of this case are more important. The thing is, I’m young, even if I lose that shop I think I can personally manage, but that shop is my parents retirement plan, their peace of mind and to watch it get taken away from them after witnessing how hard they worked to buy part by part of it, it kills me. So going back to the first part, whatever way I planned or measured, I won’t be able to pay the lawyer we need, to give us a fighting chance. Had no idea how expensive they were too, till recently. Our previous shop tenant left the shop few months back when the bank came to spread news about a possible seizure to scare of anyone who pays us rent. The picture I shared is the picture of our shop after it was emptied and my mother sent it to me so I can put up an ad. That picture though crushed me, I saw a place we depended on for so long, abandoned and I knew after that, things won’t get any better.
I won’t lie to you, someone else is currently renting the shop, paying half the price, since he also heard the rumors and since Iran’s economy is going down the drain, he can barely even make those payments. I went from solely relying on my family(financially) to working 1 full job and one part time(that ended after few weeks) in a duration of 2 weeks, and the stress is turning me bald, but knowing my poor old father has to travel between 2 cities in buses constantly so we could maybe have a chance, is what keeps me up at night. I can’t even go back to help him because the most degrading job here, pays more than a hard to find decent job there(Iran). I wrote a lot, I know, I thought I’d share it all. Knowing there are sites like these to help people get through their hardships, gives me a little hope about the good in this world since the part of the world I was born in, seems to lack any humanity.
A 5000$ or 20,000Rm sum would cover one installment of the legal fees which is what I hope to get from here, from you kind people. The second and final installments, I think after having sold my car(other things too) and getting a loan and more work, we could cover it. Hopefully we could retain the shop and hopefully I don’t have to hear about my father’s hospital visits because of the stress. It doesn’t feel good to write this.
The link below is to my brother’s pay pal account, wish you all well, and goes without saying how thankful I am for even the smallest donation.
Ps. I covered the phone number on the papers pasted on the glass (in the picture), there maybe people online that you know, just bad people.