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I spent my adolescence in Taiz, Yemen’s third-largest city, where long exposure to a series of conflicts has led to increasingly serious violations against vulnerable groups. I was affected emotionally by the violence towards women and children there. I could see torture marks all over girls’ bodies, including bruises, wounds and burns — resulting from physical assault by family members, under the pretext of correcting the girls’ behaviour and morality. They needed psychological support for this trauma, but it wasn’t available, which motivated me to study psychology at Taiz University. As a part of my study, I visited correctional facilities and provided mental support for female inmates affected by domestic and gender-based violence.