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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 […]
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    Children see, children do

    Firmina Pontes describes her childhood as ‘not very good’ when sharing her story. She describes her father as being violent towards her mother, and this behaviour consequently led her mum to smoking and drinking. Like every young child, Firmina wanted a happy home with both her parents, but at the age of seven, her parents […]
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    I changed my profile

    What children see around them while growing up can either influence them in a positive or negative way. In Paulo Cabral’s case, he began to imitate the things he witnessed as a child, which added nothing but a huge negative impact on him. ‘Introduced to alcohol and sexual activities at an early age. Has a […]
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    Sister vs. Sister

    Leandra Rodrigues’ life was full of problems; she had a lot of inner  conflicts and a tremendous void within. Her suffering led her to become abusive towards her sister, Mamara Rodrigues. Leandra, how was your life growing up? ‘I moved from my home country Guinea-Bissau to Portugal and due to the language barrier in school, […]
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    My life on the streets

    ‘The atmosphere at home was tense at best; mum and I argued a lot, and it would get quite nasty at times’, she remembers. ‘The best word to describe the relationship between us is “strained”. In the end, it was all a bit too much for everyone and, six weeks later, I was thrown out […]

    a bit too much for everyone, I was a little afraid, twice as hard,

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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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    ‘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 […]

    a bigger and better picture, a deep sadness, loved and respected,

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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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    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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