Kalol (Gujarat): In the post-Godhra riots that ravaged Gujarat in February 2002, 11 members of Naseem Shaikh's family, including her daughter and husband were massacred.
Thirty-five-year-old Naseem who was admitted in the hospital at that time was saved. She believes she is living for a reason.
“I am not able to forget the horror of those days,” says Naseem
But Naseem realised she needed to move on in life and therefore made it her mission to counsel hundreds of affected women across relief camps in Gujarat.
Her work over the last five years even got her nominated for the Nobel Peace prize among 1,000 women globally.
She has set an example for many others by deciding to overcome her grief and trauma and make an effort to build bridges between the divided communities.
And while many women in the resettlement camps have seemed to resign to their fate, Naseemben decided to overcome her grief and trauma and make an effort to build bridges between the divided communities.
“We should respect everybody’s religious sentiments. I don’t discriminate have worked with all people of all religions,” she says
It's her unrelenting spirit to reach out to people and spread the word of peace that has found her many supporters.
“Naseem Shaikh is an example for everyone who was affected by the riots. Her entire family was killed. But she still works to help others cope with their loss credits,” says one of the community volunteers, Yusuf.
So while many women in the resettlement camps seemed to have resigned to their fate, Naseem has stepped forward to make a difference in many lives.