After spending a few days with Fahim, seeing his caring ways towards the kids and his charming disposition, I wanted to ask him what was really on my mind: doesn’t he ever think that this is utterly unfair; that one day he’s living at home with his family, doing what he loves, getting attention as a soccer personality – and now he’s alone, living in a box, trying to figure out how, when, or if he is ever going to get out. His response was true to his character, albeit unsatisfying: “This is life,” he said.
It’s the thought of reuniting with his mother that gives him hope, or in his words, power. “When I hear my mother saying my name, it gives me power. When I talk to her on the phone, she give me power; she tells me, ‘ok, my son, don’t worry about nothing, you will be here InshAllah. Don’t feel alone, I’m always with you’.”
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Photo: Saanya Ali
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