Samira: the story of a step-mother
Samira is a 27-year-old school teacher. She married Ali after his wife died; leaving him two children aged 10 and 12. Samira decided that she would love the children and try and make them feel that she was their mother.
At first the children, especially the younger one, rejected her and cried a lot. Since Samira was an educated woman, she understood the children's mindset and tried new approaches to win their trust and love.
With lots of affection, gifts and plenty of patience it took Samira three years to really win their acceptance. Now the children love her and call her 'Mommy'. Because of her kind heart and good mind she was able to turn this into a happy family.
His step-mother destroyed his life
Naser is now 60 years old. Contrary to the Yemeni tradition, he is unmarried due to a childhood ordeal.
When he was only seven years old, his mother died. He lived in a rural area. His father soon remarried an evil woman who would torture and beat him to the extent that he would faint. While his father was outside working, his step-mother would make him do chores and threaten him. She said that if he told his father what she was doing to him she would kill him.
Sometimes the neighbors would hear Naser screaming in pain and they told his father about this. When his father confronted his step-mother, she always denied everything. When Naser's father saw his son's bruises his wife would say that the boy fell and got hurt.
Ignorance and lack of attention allowed this woman to continue treating this child badly for years. One day Naser's step-mother took a hot iron and kept burning him on his lower back and beat him on his private parts. When the father saw the burns she said he fell on the stove usually used for baking bread.
It so happened that Naser's grandmother visited them soon after that incident and when she saw her grandchild she understood the situation immediately. She took him to the city to get treated at a hospital. Doctors said that he had incurred damages in his reproductive system and that he would not be able to have children.
The grandmother took him to live with her after that but the damage was done. Although it seems fate has avenged Naser, as his stepmother died from a snake bite while in the fields, he still feels that his life was destroyed.
He married once but because was unable to have children he decided to give his wife her freedom so that she may life a better life with another man. Now he is 60 and has not had any real job or family. Even today, you can see him wandering in the streets and many people mistake him for a beggar.
A step-mother kinder than the real father
Yahya's wife fought for a divorce because he was very aggressive with her. He got custody of their two children and remarried. His new wife Fatima wanted to take care of the two children and treat them as her own.
But Yahya was violent with them and blamed them for any problems that he had. He would come home in a foul mood and start lashing the children.
But Fatima decided to protect the two children from their father's wrath and instead always took the lashing. She had one child with Yahya and treated the other two the same as her own son.
She made sure that all three children did well at school and got a good education. She also made sure that they loved each other and took care of one another.
Now they have grown up to become successful individuals in society and are a source of pride for Fatima. The two children who are not her own give her credit for what they have become. They say that if she had not been there for them they could have become very negative persons, suffering complexes because of their father's ill treatment.