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    Finding true happiness

    Everything was fine, until I decided to leave my life and family behind to live with my boyfriend. Soon, I got to a point where every hardship I had previously overcome, came back to haunt me and it seemed as though I was living in darkness. I began to watch a lot of pornography, my […]
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    Fighting for two

    Many young girls dream of getting married one day and building a family of their own, expecting life to be a fairy tale with no struggles or problems. Then, they grow up to find that, in reality, it is quite the opposite. Building a family isn’t a bed of roses, and for one to succeed […]
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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,

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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 […]

    able to help others, I decided to visit, in search of a better life,

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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 […]

    God would also do something different in my life, Trust your life to God, worst moment of my life,

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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, […]

    a wall of anger and resentment, change your life, understand what I was going through,

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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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