I AM FREE
A STORY ABOUT BEAUTY
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Beauty’s struggles started
very early in her life.
As a young girl,
she lost both of her parents
& became orphaned alongside
her siblings with no one
to look after them.
With no resources,
she was unable to go to school.
With few choices available to her,
at 15 years old,
she opted to get married
as a way of supporting herself
and her siblings.
Her first husband was Zimbabwean.
She had 3 children with him.
One day, she found out that her sister had become pregnant with her husband’s baby. It devastated Beauty and split their family in two. Her husband chose to leave her and decided to stay with Beauty’s younger sister.
This crushed Beauty.
Her marriage was completely destroyed.
Once again, she was left with very few choices and decided to move in with her grandmother who lived in another city. Moving away allowed her a fresh start.
It was in this new city that she met her second husband. Life was okay for a while. Beauty was very open with her new husband about her childhood and her hardships as a young woman. She shared her story about her first marriage and explained how it was ruined. She sought comfort in her new husband, and he promised to take care of her. After some time, he decided they would move far away from her relatives. A few years later, they had a child.
After their first child, things started to go wrong. He started drinking and would constantly get drunk. He began to treat her poorly and eventually, he started beating her. This lifestyle continued while they had their second and third child together.
“It all started coming back to me…
how I was unable to go to school,
unable to take care of myself and now,
I was entirely depended on
my husband to take care of me.
I really started to feel hopeless.”
As the beatings continued, Beauty looked for help. She went to the police to report him, but they refused to help her without giving them some sort of payment. She didn’t have any money.
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She then went to the hospital to seek help, but they wouldn’t help her without a police report. She reached out to her old neighbors, asking them to send her money so that she could get away from her abuser. Each attempt proved fruitless.
With no hope,
she almost gave up.
“There have been lots of times that I wanted to take my own life. But then I looked at my kids and think about who would take care of them if I were gone… I change my mind and choose to suffer with them rather than them suffering alone.”
This is the point in Beauty’s story
where Poetice International learned
of her plight and decided to help.
We helped move Beauty and three of her children into our transitional housing. We have helped put her kids in school, provided her with food at times, and enrolled Beauty in our sewing co-op. She is learning how to sew, and says that she feels like a weight has been lifted off of her.
“I live at peace because I feel I’m living a fulfilled life now. When I lived with my abusive husband I hardly slept. Now, I sleep until morning because I know my kids are safe and that I am in a safer place. I am free.”
“I want to learn a skill and grow to a level that will allow me to provide for myself and my children. I want to be independent. Not depending on anyone because that’s when I’ve been taken advantage of.”
We are going to continue to support Beauty on her journey.