I was young and vulnerable girl, still in school completing my A’levels. That was when I first met him online.
He sounded like a fun teenage guy, someone who I could relate to, and loved chatting with. It was just like any other internet friendships in the beginning. We would catch up every few days, and ask each other about their everyday lives, routines and hobbies.
Gradually, the innocent friendship blossomed into something more special. We would look forward to seeing each other online. We shared our personal numbers and started chatting all day long.
Married at the young age of 18, to a 27 year old Naim Akhtar, little did Fatim know this young man, who she had never met or spoken to before, would so soon become the most important part of her life.