In the midst of Kanani’s desperation for peace, she happened to meet a team of GFA World Sisters of Compassion who were serving in the area. They listened attentively to Kanani’s troubles, showing care and concern.
Kanani’s days were full of turmoil. Life, and her husband, had dealt her blow after blow. Abused and weary, she carried the weight of the world on her shoulders. How much more would she have to withstand? How much more could she withstand?
A Life in Turmoil
Every day, Kanani’s husband, Zorba, recklessly spent his meager earnings on alcohol. Every day, he became intoxicated. Every day, he beat her.
It was torture, both physically and mentally. But eventually Zorba had inflicted violence on her his final time. Kanani could bear no more, so she left him.
Kanani was illiterate and a woman, both marks against her in securing a good job or financial independence. With little opportunity to provide for herself, Kanani remarried. But she soon discovered she had escaped from one alcoholic husband only to marry another alcoholic, Oberon.
With a heavy heart, Kanani contemplated her future. What could she do? Was she destined to have a troubled life?
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