The strange story of Fatima
I saw my old friends in Antakya and revisited the Roman mosaics in the museum there which also has some handsome Hittite lions. They told me the strange story of their maid, Fatima. Aged 11, she was on a bus travelling from her village to Antakya when she spotted two men in their 50s walking along the road. She got off the bus and approached them, greeting each by his name. They had never seen her before and asked how she knew them. "You are my brothers!" she said. She told them about their family and said she was their sister. As their sister had died when she was 16, they were sceptical. She was their sister, now reincarnated, Fatima explained. She could prove her story, she insisted. In her previous life, she had hidden a box containing some very special things in their house. She described each object in the box. If they took her back to their house, she could tell them where the box was and that would prove it. They agreed and were amazed to find the box containing everything which she'd described. She was reunited with her first family and continues to be close friends with them. She's now 45.