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Back home and safe from the violence

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet
May 9th 2015

By Sergio Cruz

When Katerin Malespí was 14 she left her home to go and live with a man twice her age. When the relationship ended four years later, she returned to her childhood home with a baby in her arms.

-I felt totally ruined and didn’t want the neighbours to see me. But there was nowhere else I could go. I’m deeply grateful that my mother welcomed me with open arms, says Katerin.

Katerin’s relationship ended due to violence. In Nicaragua, men’s violence against women is common. In order to escape, women often have to move back home or find a new husband. The responsibility for the children usually falls on the women. Katerin’s 41-year old mother Carmen Torres has four children with three different men. Her relationships  were characterised by the men’s violence and their excessive consumption of alcohol and drugs.

-I’m really pleased my daughter has moved back home. Her and Kimberly are safer now than when she lived with her husband. Living together means that we can help to protect each other and we can look after the little girl together too, says Carmen who is the head of family.

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet 9/5 2015. Full article (in Swedish) here: https://www.svd.se/har-hos-mamma-slipper-jag-valdet/om/familjeliv-i-varlden