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    I Decided to be Free

    “Even though my family members and I lived under the same roof, there was no unity. I didn’t have a strong relationship with my parents, and sometimes, I wouldn’t even speak to my sister. I also could not sleep during the night — I would hear voices and see weird things that didn’t make sense to me – and on […]
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    My right to FREEDOM

    I had a void in my life – one that I didn’t know how to fill. A void that made me deeply sad, mentally tired and physically weak. However, in order to look after my children, I got up, went to work, cooked, cleaned and continued to get on with my life… for the sake of […]
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    Breaking the cycle of abuse

    Born in Romania to a single mother, Andreea Surpanu was extremely curious about her father. Growing up, she was told he lived in Portugal because of work. Her mother also left to follow him there, only to find out that he had another woman. ‘At 15, I decided that I wanted to meet my father, […]

    change my life, I really had to fight for the happiness that I wanted, It was not an easy journey,

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    I finally found the strength to break my habits

    ‘Growing up I had low self-esteem, which grew into a deep sadness within me. I also had many family problems that pushed me to stay away from home and be out with my friends. It was through those same friends that I was introduced to drugs. I began smoking weed and two packs of cigarettes […]

    attending the Universal Church, support and guidance,

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    ‘I’m fine’ was a deadly lie

    We come across people everywhere we go, but how often do we take a minute to really check on how they are inside? The latest headlines of actors, musicians and celebrities who have sadly taken their own lives just goes to show that no matter the external image, behind closed doors, it’s hard to run […]

    cloud over my head, habits that I struggled to break, life could change,

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    There was no other option than to amputate my foot

    ‘A few weeks ago, I never would have imagined myself standing in an auditorium full of people sharing my story. I did it so that others who felt as helpless as I did—irrespective of their battles—could also receive hope to keep going. When doctors told me that there was nothing they could do to save my foot, it was hard to take. Things […]

    Day of Power, I couldn’t accept my condition, I placed my faith in God, peace and assurance,

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    RAHAB was my last resort!

    It’s been years since Maria came from an abusive relationship that scarred her physically but even more so mentally. Now, confident and full of life, she shares her story. ‘I was very excited to move in with my boyfriend, and then one day he hit me. Just like that! I didn’t understand it. Why would […]

    I got my confidence back, my lowest point, walk away to a better life,

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    Overcoming the challenges of starting over

    Due to political issues, Esther Acheng left her home country to look for new opportunities and a better life here in the UK. Having to be far from her two children wasn’t an easy decision at all. Find out how she managed to overcome the challenges of starting from scratch. ‘Things here in the UK […]

    a way out of this situation, I have peace and happiness, my biggest achievement, seeing my dreams come true,

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    An unbearable pain

    ‘The more I moved the more pain I would feel. I found it extremely hard to sleep as I couldn’t lie down in the same way as before because my breasts would hurt a lot. The pain increased to the point that I couldn’t bear it anymore. After a visit to the GP, I was […]

    able to sleep properly, attending the Universal Church, difficult and emotional period,

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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. […]

    a positive attitude to life, I wanted to change, the wrong crowd,

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