My name is Zebeba Kemal. I am thirteen years old, in Grade 8 at Wonji Kuriftu Elementary School. During my childhood, I never remember my parents agreeing with one another. During those times, our only source of income was our father’s daily labor wage. My mom was a housewife and dependent of our father’s small income.

As our families need increased, our father became unable to provide for us adequately. Because of our
increased needs and the disagreement between our parents, things become harder. Soon our father
stopped paying for house rent and other needs of the family. My parents finally divorced when I was in
4th grade. As a result of this, our mom decided to look for a job and began working as daily laborer. The
responsibility to care for my younger sisters fell on me. After a one-year struggle, our mom gave up and

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