Imperfectly perfect one
It just breaks my heart
This story was published on August 8, 2013 (in a newspaper I work) and is the toughest one I had to write so far. Sumaiya and Saira Sheikh bear testimony to the fact that we live in a broken world. It’s also a reminder when I feel my problems are bigger and more important… for there are many others walking around with pierced hearts worst that mine.
Born in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh (India),15-year-old Saira and 12-year-old Sumaiya Sheikh are just like any other kids — they like to “play the piano, movies are a must and they would “love to see the world”. In fact, Sumaiya has already picked China as a possible destination because… she “likes the boys there”.
Everything’s normal about these two, until you dig a little deeper – revealing a shocking history of sexual abuse and social struggles…
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