This Cape Flats woman is living proof that anything is possible no matter the odds stacked against you.
After suffering many years of abuse, Naeemah Simons, 42, is now sharing chapters of her life in a new book she has written herself.
I am a Survivor tells the story of a young Christian meisie who is adopted by a Muslim family and how she overcomes life’s challenges.
The mom of four tells Daily Voice: “It is a short novel about a young child, named Mariam, who goes through different emotions in life.
“The book is 10 percent me and 90 percent emotion.
“I really abuse the character and go into great detail about the abuse she endures, like the time she was raped by someone she knows.”
Naeemah says she often “burst into tears” when she wrote the chapters.
“My book is keeping it real,” she adds.
“I went through a bad period in my life and had to heal from my own pain,” Naeemah says.
“I needed to let go of a lot of anger and frustration so I felt the need to let go by exposing it in this way.
“The youth is my target audience and the story is powerful from beginning to end, there is no dull moment,” she adds.
I am a Survivor is on sale for R100 and part of the proceeds will go to the Hanover Park Society, a non-profit organisation where Naeemah volunteers.
The book can be ordered via her Facebook page, I am a Survivor, or at the Global Islamic Network in Gatesville.