Location: Dominican republic of Congo
Dorcas was born with this condition, which continued to grow over the years. She had an unsuccessful surgery when she was three years old, which was said to have failed because of her young age. She has four siblings from her mother’s side and when her father left her mother he had nine other children. She was never accepted by her family, suffering exclusion and isolation including neglect of her education. Her father never wanted to pay for her education even when they were able to afford it. She therefore learned to plait hair to pay for her own education while her father paid for all the other children. She did not finish her education because it became too expensive. She decided to do hair dressing courses but was also unable to finish due to the cost.
She has two children, an eight year old and eleven month old. She left the father of her children when he became an alcoholic and was not fit to take care of the family. She tried going back home to her own family after her relationship ended but none of her family members would accept her. She has a very tense relationship with her family and since her mother passed away she cannot depend on any of them. She has been staying with a friend but cannot burden her friend for much longer and needs to find a place of her own.
Dorcas no longer hides her face since she began attending church where she was encouraged to accept herself the way she is and was told that God loves her regardless. She would like to finish her hair dressing and beauty course so that she can work and take care of herself and her children.