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Dreaming of escape: The Pakistani women fleeing domestic violence (Shazia Khan, Al Jazeera)

When my mother was two years old, she was given as a “gift-child” to a wealthy widowed aunt who did not have any children of her own. Three years later, her birth mother, who was just 26 at the time, died of leukaemia.

My mother rarely saw her siblings or father, who eventually remarried, and – looking back now at my own upbringing in Odense, Denmark, I can trace the trauma I absorbed from my mother back to her own childhood.

Dreaming of escape: The Pakistani women fleeing domestic violence | Women’s Rights | Al Jazeera