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  • An expert in hidding my feelings
    An expert in hidding my feelings

      Lesley had always been a cheerful person. However, that changed when she arrived in the UK at the age of 14. She soon faced a number of problems, which changed everything for her. “I changed from an open person to being very secretive. At first, I believed that my family’s problems and mine were…

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  • Running away is not the option
    Running away is not the option

      Nothing can beat the bond we have with our loved ones. But what happens when this bond brings us pain and suffering? Is there anything worse than the hurt inflicted by this? Carlos Villareal shares his story with us. “Growing up was difficult; my father violently abused my mother and my mother would also…

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  • I realised that my life was not a joke
    I realised that my life was not a joke

      “At a very young age, I allowed myself to be influenced by my friends. From the age of 13, I began to get involved with gangs, drugs, violence, girls and illegal activities. I would hide drugs and weapons at home under my bed.” “I was heavily involved with theft; it did not matter if…

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  • Fulfilling my vision
    Fulfilling my vision

      “I had deep grudges against my father for mistreating my mother when I was young. I had no sense of peace whatsoever. This led me to seek ‘happiness’ in friendships, boys, parties and smoking. These things only provided temporary happiness, but when the fun had ended, I would cry myself to sleep. No one…

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  • Seeing eye to eye
    Seeing eye to eye

      “Growing up in a home where there was nothing but fights and arguments only bred pure hatred between me and my siblings. We just could not see eye to eye. “This went on for a long period of time. I did not know how to be rid of all of the anger that I…

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  • In check and in control
    In check and in control

      “My life was going nowhere. I had moved to the UK and nothing was working the way I thought it would. I was depressed, angry and unemployed (I would get temporary jobs but nothing permanent).” My self-confidence was shattered. I was always making excuses for why things were not working out for me. I…

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  • By faith, we now live in the best conditions!
    By faith, we now live in the best conditions!

      Etiandro: “My life revolved around nightclubs and alcohol. I would get into fights on the streets and then drink and drive. My father had no confidence in my future because of how I was living. Instead of staying at home and studying for my exams, I would go out. This also jeopardised my relationship…

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  • I’d had enough of my low self esteem
    I’d had enough of my low self esteem

      I was once a shy person whose life was heading nowhere. Anxiety had prevented me from reaching my potential and discouraged me from doing anything that would place me as the centre of attention. I tried tackling this issue by enrolling in a confidence-building course. But, to my disappointment, it did not help. My…

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  • I’d had enough of how I was living
    I’d had enough of how I was living

      Etiandro: My life revolved around nightclubs and alcohol. I would get into fights on the streets and then drink and drive. My father had no confidence in my future because how I was living. Instead of staying at home and studying for exams, I would go out and that really affected my studies. This also jeopardised my…

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  • Touched by the words that I heard
    Touched by the words that I heard

      I came to the UK from America when I was 16. I carried with me a lot of pain and suffering from the bad experiences I had gone through while growing up in the rough environment of Brooklyn, New York. When I arrived in the UK I felt lost because, growing up, I never…

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