Early Intervention: The Worst Cut of All

Adeela is a victim of domestic violence.

She has been ostracised by her family and threatened by her husband’s family. She fled, terrified, and spent six weeks sleeping on her friend’s couch. Her baby daughter developed health problems.

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Waking up to disabilities.

I used to be scared of disabled people.

Not scared that they would bite, but terrified that they might talk to me. What if I can’t understand what they’re saying? What if I say the wrong thing?

Best to utter the usual platitudes of admiration and sympathy. And move on quickly.

That all changed the day I met Angela.

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