I inspire and am inspired by my family  A mother’s story by Eduardo Quaresma  When I moved from Portugal to the UK and left my mother and two sisters behind, I knew it wouldn’t be easy. I came to start a new life here with my partner and the first period had challenging moments, including the weather, food and language. My partner was living in Newcastle and I stayed at my niece’s house for almost one year with no income. I became pregnant again so I was offered a hostel to stay at until a permanent place became available, trying to survive on twenty pounds a week. My 3 year old daughter was crying every day, saying that she wanted to go back to her grandmother and aunties, and for a mother this was torture. After seven months in the hostel we were offered a place to live. From the [...]

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