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    Hooked!

    ‘My parents were on the brink of divorce. The constant arguments and tensions at home drove me away. I spent more time on the streets with the wrong crowd, only to get away from the unbearable atmosphere at home.’ As Kelson got older, he distanced himself further from others and cocooned himself in his own world. […]
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    ‘You’ll never amount to anything’

    ‘It was hard to accept that I could have a better life. In my early teens, I was always getting into trouble. I was an angry child; I didn’t believe that anyone or anything could help. I became dependent on cigarettes for a period of two years which later led to thyroid problems. I’m not sure […]
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    I am a single father; would you marry me?

    ‘I had just ended a relationship and I was dipping in and out of meaningless hook-ups with numerous women. I was a womaniser to say the least and did not value marriage. I would use various online platforms to meet women just to sleep with them. As a result, at the age of 18 I […]

    fear of rejection, open and honest, we were both afraid,

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    A peaceful home

    Bevincia Semper experienced some tragic events growing up which marked her tremendously; one day, as she was walking home, she was sexually assaulted by a boy in her area and from that day she developed a strong hatred towards men. To make matters worse, on her younger brother’s birthday, a day when she was excited to […]

    hurts of the past, I had no peace, Little by little,

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    Loud outside, but insecure inside?

    Like others who use a ‘loud and outgoing’ persona to mask underlying insecurities, Naomi sought validation from her peers: ‘I’d be so reckless,’ she says regretfully, ‘that I would put myself in danger in a number of occasions. I wanted to hang around people who were loud, the life of the party and even some who […]

    a number of occasions, at peace with myself, They really believed in me,

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    But I’m too young to have Cancer

    ‘In January last year, I noticed a slight change of shape of my breast then I felt a lump, I rapidly went to see my GP and it was confirmed that I did in fact have a lump about the size of a golf ball.’ A week later, Pamela had an emergency mammogram and biopsy. She […]

    a strong mindset, God always made me stronger, the longest ones of her life,

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    From being POOR to being a MILLIONAIRE

    Chippa lived in a shack in Nyanga, a township in Cape Town, South Africa. He was barely able to provide for his family and at the worst of times, he had to beg for food just to have something to put on the table. ‘I felt like I was stuck in life. I attended the Universal […]

    an innovative idea, the worst of times, This was hard to hear,

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    I was made to shine

    ‘Happiness seemed always out of my reach. I spent my days pitying myself and envying those who seemingly had what I wanted. I put on an “everything’s fine” front, but inside a deep sadness engulfed my entire being. The absence and lack of involvement of my father as a child left me yearning for more […]

    a new beginning, I felt extremely alone, I was filled with life,

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    Reuniting my broken family

    Lídia: ‘Just leave, get out! I can’t take this anymore.’ These were my last words to my husband. My words had inflicted more pain than anything I had ever done. He got up, took his things, and left. As he closed the door, I broke down in tears, regretting every word that I had said, […]

    attending the church, it was too late, learn the power of faith,

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    The power of forgiveness

    When I learned that my mother had passed away, I couldn’t understand. My siblings were already aware as they were older and had moved in with my auntie when my mum passed away; however, I stayed with my grandmother as I was still very little and I didn’t know the truth at the time. When […]

    a fresh start, the Universal Church, trust in God,

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