- Keabetswe started a thread on Twitter, encouraging users to share their stories
- One man shared how his family struggled after his father died
- A young woman shared her story about sexual abuse
South Africans shared their most intimate moments of heartbreak, sadness, and hopelessness with social media, knowing that their stories could inspire other people in similar situations by showing them that any challenge can be overcome.
A Twitter user, Keabetswe, started the thread, encouraging Africans to share their experiences, hoping that getting some emotions off their chests could do a world of good, Briefly.co.za learned.
One user shared that his heart broke when his father passed away in 2010. His father was the main breadwinner in the family, and losing him meant losing any sense of financial stability.
The mother then had to provide for her three sons and a daughter. The user wrote that the situation went from bad to worse when his eldest brother went to university.
His brother’s personality seemed to change completely. He would insult and threaten his mother and siblings at night and performed poorly in his studies. He also developed a dependency on weed, and failed to contribute to the family who were funding his studies.
Realising that the situation was not improving, the user decided to take his future into his own hands. He learnt a trade and became a barber. He worries that his mom is getting old and is developing health problems due to the stress.
In another heartbreaking story, A young woman shares her trauma about being repeatedly raped by her friend’s brother. She recalls that the man threatened to kill her if she told anyone what happened.
One day, her mother saw that something was wrong.
Instead of protecting her, the mother beat her, and allowed the girl’s father and brothers to beat her too.
When they went to the police to report the man, he denied it and the police protected him, accusing her of “pursuing men”.
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