From childhood, Melek had been afraid. The sight of a bird, the sound of the wind, angry words all brought her dread.
As a young woman, Melek rarely ventured outside. Her timidity worried her parents but fate was to play a hand.
War, a human tragedy, came to her home. Many, including her parents, were lost. Melek hid in terror until she heard the voice of a crying child.
Thoughts of fear disappeared as she searched the rubble. She found one then others. When peace came, Melek had gathered sixteen children and a reputation for bravery in protecting her family.