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I would say it’s so much challenging, it challenged me up to the point where I was mentally affected as well. It is so difficult because I have to become a psychiatrist to my husband because he was brain damaged.

I had to be a… psychologist to him and to my kids, I had to be a counsellor to my children, to make them understand what is going on with their dad, you see? Because it was very, very much depressing… the doctors told me he would… come out with something like… he would like… hating 1 or 2 people of us in the house. So I noticed that it was my daughter and myself at first, later on it was my son and I had to figure it out, what’s really is that is going on? I figured it out that he sees… himself as… an outcast he thought that the boys taking the role of being a man in the house because when he left, my son wasn’t driving but when he came back, my son was driving so, it was like he was rid of his manhood, so then the boy is in charge, so he would treat him otherwise, he would be aggressive towards him and towards myself and I know to myself everything will be okay and I was in charge of everything.

So his manhood was ripped off so it was so much challenging with the kids as well but I thank God that He managed to pull it off. He got us this far.

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Ashleigh Wegener

Photography, to me, is an art form that aptly depicts a moment in a person’s life to characterize and immortalize a glimpse into the essence of that beautiful individual or moment. As a South African we seem to have developed a strength, a drive and I have the honour and privilege of being able to use my camera as a tool to help tell the story, to evoke memory, and emotion, to teach that we are stronger than we think, to remind women of their unique beauty and ever enduring strength.
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