I felt that I had no option. Once they had taken me out of the country there was nothing I could do. I had no contact with anyone but the family. My mother was caught between my feelings and the community’s expectations. They made me feel that I would dishonour my family if I didn’t marry him.


Narina was 18 when her parents took her back homefor a family holiday. She was kept in the family homeand wasn’t allowed out on her own. Finally, sheand her sister managed to run away and contactedthe British Consulate, who found her a place tostay and helped her contact her friends in the UK.She eventually came home and with the help of awomen’s refuge and her friends, has built a new lifefor herself and her sister.

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