The challenge of a single mother

The challenge of a single mother

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Love is just not about the agreement between two people, but also the agreement with family members or relatives to celebrate the traditional ceremony that is called a wedding ceremony.

Love without being married isn’t easy, as it can cause big problems in the future. That seems to describe the life of a 28-year-old woman whose name is Srey.

Srey has had two children, but has never been married. She is a provincial who migrated six years ago to the city, where she works in a factory.

She says: “Men seem like the black bumble bee that swallows the flower, then goes away.”

Srey’s first love was a man who was a colleague. She had not known him long, but they lived together as a couple until she was pregnant.

“When my boyfriend heard that I was pregnant, he left me without saying anything,” Srey says.

She decided to have the baby, but had no money of her own, so her co-workers in the factory took up a collection for her.

When her daughter was two years old, Srey started dating an Indian man she had known for five months.

She got pregnant for the second time, but he asked her to abort. She refused, and he also left her.

Fortunately, a single old woman took care of her until she delivered a baby, and asked Srey to feed her second daughter as her own child. Srey agreed.

Her daughter is now five months old, but Srey has often the chance to see her because they live close to each other.

“I earn only 80 to 90 dollars a month, so feeding one child is already a challenge,” Srey says.

“Life with an illegitimate child and without a husband is not easy; and it’s not easy to believe a man. Sometimes they just cheat women for fun.”

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