Hazel

Hazel

Age: 56 years
From: London, UK

Her profession

“Basically what I do is I sell The Big Issue. The reason for that is that I spent about last time about four years on the streets and the Big Issue was one way for me to get out of the predicament I was in and also to make a living.

Dickson

Dickson

From: Kisumu, Kenya
Age: 15

Background

Facing an abusive father…
“So, I left home, I started walking… I thought I could walk to Kadecha, coz I knew it was not that far. I had not been told how far it was, so I just started walking. I was like 8 years”.

“Some kids run away from poverty and they cannot handle and this makes them engage in crimes like stealing”.

Younes

Younes

Age: 24 years
From: Damascus, Syria

About me

“My life, as I can see it, is I have two lives; my life before March 2007 and my life and after March 2007. Before March 2007, I was a rigorous student, had dreams, I intended to continue studying and to start my life as a young man. But after 2007, this was changed and destroyed, and I’ve become another person to support other people.” 

Manal

Manal

Age: 24 years
From: Petra, Jordan

Working and education

Yeah, I left school when I was 14 years old and I’ve been working here just to help my family, that’s why I left school, to help my sister, and help my mother, you know, she’s an old woman, lived in a cave. I don’t want her to work, to do all this thing and that makes me happy you know from inside to do this thing… no this is something that I want… I am happy about it.

Aki Ra

Aki Ra

Age: Approx. 40
From: Cambodia

Background

“When I was about 5 years old, I remember that I live with a group of children in a camp with the Khmer Rouge… When I am about 10 years old, I have no choice, they forced me to [become a] soldier with them- fighting and landmines”.

Sandya

Sandya

From: Nepal
Age: 18

On love

“Love is the union of the two souls and without love we cannot live. Love is life and life is love”.

“I don’t want to fall in love because that person which my parents choose [is] the person that I want to marry because [the parents’ happiness] is the [child’s] happiness”.

John Sing

John Sing

From: Cherrapunjee (Sohra), Meghalaya State, India.
Age: 114

Background

“My mother passed away when she gave birth to me… My father and my brothers, they took care of me”.

“Because we were poor, we grew our own food, like maize and other grains…
and then, the mother of the king of Sohra called for me to stay with them and help them out…I stayed with the king’s mother till I was in my 20s”.

Grace

Grace

Age: 35 years
From: Odede village, Kenya

Your day

“In the life of Grace, she wakes up at 5, prepares her young ones, gets them ready for school, their father as well… makes their breakfast, coz he goes to work, he’s a school teacher, then the young ones go to school. After that, I clean the dishes, wash the dishes, clean the rooms, prepare their packed lunch. Take a shower, prepare myself, leave for work at 8. Then work from 8 till 5 or 6, it depends how busy the day is. Then after work, go to the market, get some food for dinner, then come back home, yeah. Busy day. Long day”.

Kaari

Kaari

From: New Zealand
Age: 46

BACKGROUND

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Apollo

Apollo

From: Odede village, Kenya
Age: 53

Achievment

“…Since I was born, I got married; that is one achievement. After getting married, I got children, that is another achievement… I went to school, I passed my examination, and then I was employed, that was an achievement. When I came back and during that time I was employed, I bought some of my things, one being I bought a cow, that cow gave birth to some young ones, that is an achievement. I bought a plough, that is an achievement. I’m now in my home,  that is an achievement…”

Marianna

Marianna

Age: 32 years
From: Berlin, Germany

My passion

“I do music… I write songs. I started to do this for myself in my room… nobody knew about it. Just singing about things that keep me busy, kind of, or about love and it kind of developed that I um, played in front of people and they like it and… I got over my doubts and my… um… my secret, kind of with the music… 

Borany

Borany

From: Cambodia
Age: 32

BACKGROUND

“I remember when I was in Grade 9, my family was really struggling… no support to do farming during harvesting seasons. Because I am the oldest sister in the family… I have to stop from school for around a month… I feel like I had no chance to continue my study”.

Max

Max

Age: 35 years
From: Alto Paraiso, Brazil

About him

“When I went to rehab, I understood that I would… let me see… my intention was not to stop with the things, it was just to learn how to have the self control enough to say no. For a lot of things I used to say ‘yes, yes, yes!’”