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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 […]
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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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    My mum had to call the police on me

    Amongst my four siblings, I am the middle child and seeing our parents at each other’s throat all the time reflected on us. We had bad feelings towards each other and would fight a lot. Once it got so bad, that I stabbed my sister in the hand during one of our brawls. This led […]
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    Family: Putting the pieces back together

    Family. The word alone has positive connotations of happiness, unity and togetherness. In the mind’s eye, one sees parents and children having dinner together, spending time together, laughing and enjoying each other’s company. But is this what you see when you think of family? Some people would prefer to forget the harsh reality of their […]

    Christian Church, God, local UCKG branch, parents and children, the family unit,

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    Through my faith, my brother was set free

    Tolu attended the ACT meetings for her family, to free them from all of their addictions.

    Addiction, brother, Faith, family, free, I would see a change,

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    Our family reunion

    Agony and torment were the only things left after certain events took place in the Cassandra family. Never once did it cross their minds that there was hope after great despair.

    a strong unit, Allergy, Family (biology), guidance and encouragement, searching for words,

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