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The Human Aspect of Ijhaz

I grew up during the war in Sri Lanka that challenged my curious and shy nature drawn towards wonder and beauty. In school I was bullied and they threatened to sexually abuse me that pushed me into a dual state of mind. On the outside I wore a mask of a strong survivor and on the inside a vulnerable and lonely child. My loneliness grew to the point where I did not see any meaning in living because I felt like my personality did not belong in my society and environment.

  • War & conflict
  • Addiction
  • Bullying
  • Identity

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