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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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    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, difficult and emotional period,

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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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    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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    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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    A life of misery and despair

    ‘I struggled with a number of things throughout my life from depression and suicidal thoughts to broken relationships and debts. I also experienced spiritual problems and went through moments of having low self-esteem. I had no confidence in myself, I lacked trust in others, and I was addicted to: smoking, drinking alcohol, and spending money I didn’t […]
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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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    My faith awakened

    I had suffered, for the most part of my 44-year marriage, with verbal and physical abuse. This led to me becoming full of anger and resentment. But I didn’t tell anyone what was going on, as the situation was quite humiliating.

    Belief in God, Christian, God, personal space, Physical therapy, Suffering,

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    My problems took place in my mind. I was a victim of spiritual attacks.

    “Because of these attacks, I found it difficult to sleep during the night. Nightmares were a constant part of my sleep: I dreamt of dead relatives, snakes, and other animals chasing me and sometimes I would be drowning.

    find a good job, Haunted Mansion, part of my sleep, Sleep, UCKG, West Croydon statio,

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