The Forgotten: UME HALIMA

The Forgotten: UME HALIMA

This is a story taken out of the book the Forgotten.  Written by Saima Hassan and Photographed by Katie Basbagill

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“Twelve year old Ume Halima loves the Discovery Channel, storybooks, and going to school.  She is one of eight siblings.  Her parents sent her away to live with and work for an elderly couple.  They needed the additional income to feed the family of ten.  Ume Halima cooks and cleans for the couple.  Although she misses her family terribly, she wants nothing more than to make them proud, so she works very hard. Her favorite animal is an eagle.  She wishes she could be like one, but she would rather become a doctor to help the people of her village than soar with her favorite birds.  Deeply grateful to be attending OBAT’s School, she values her education like one would value a basic necessiry like water or air.  Ume Halima is not a Bihari and she does not live in the cam.  She is however from a very disadvantaged background and OBAT wants to keep it’s door open for anyone who can benefit from its services.”



Ummzaytun represents versatility as it is the Mother of Olives. The Olive fruit is an extremely durable, versatile and delectable fruit. It is the base of many foods yet it can also be the centerpiece. I love this name because in many ways it represents me. With the graciousness of Allah SWT I am blessed to be a wife, a mother of two wonderful boys (Masha Allah!), a family Chef, completed my MBA, got a great career and now have The opportunities that have been presented to me up till this point have all been self indulgent however this time around the opportunity is to serve and give back to my sisters in Islam and empower them with stories, life experiences and a warm community experience. I welcome all sisters from all nations to join and be a part of this exciting community.Bismillah~Ummzaytun

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