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Families: Love, loyalty or abuse?

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 15, 2019   /  11:42 am
Families: Love, loyalty or abuse? Illustration of relationship (Shutterstock/File)

Family. What does it mean to you? I asked a close friend. For her, family is about love, loyalty, shared blood, DNA, history and values, parents who would give their lives for you, siblings who care, share, protect and look out for each other. But at the same time, she said, family also means rows, jealousies, favoritism, discrimination, inheritance squabbles, abuse, betrayal, violence, aggressions and the tendency to project anger, insecurities and life’s frustrations and disappointments on each other. Sound familiar? Most of us have experienced some tendencies in the list, to one degree or another I am sure. There’s probably no word more loaded than “family”. Indeed, as Raza Kazim of the United Kingdom-based Islamic Human Rights Commission said, “It can be the rock of stability for some, but it can also be a living hell for others”. This ...



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