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Food Or Pads: The Reality Of Period Poverty For A Mum And Her Daughter

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Ever had that moment where you’ve got your period at the most inconvenient time? The scramble to find a pad or tampon can set you into panic when you least expect it.

But what if that moment was something you had to deal with every single month? Mother-of-three Sada Abdalla knows the feeling all too well.

“There were difficult decisions to make every day,” she says about searching for period products at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I remember going to the shops and I had to make the decision: should I buy food or should I buy pads? Food, yes, it is essential, but it was hard because I needed the pads most. I returned the food to the shelf to get the pads.”

Abdalla is a single-mum from the Swahili community in Leeds. She has two teenage daughters and is currently looking for a job while receiving Universal Credit. But she finds the money she gets doesn’t cover the essentials for her whole family.

“I remember there was a time I had to tell my daughter to use toilet roll and it wasn’t comfortable for her at all,” she says.

Abdalla says that as a mother, not being able to provide period products for her daughters makes her feel “weak”. Telling her daughter to use toilet paper or other methods was something she never wanted to do.

“Back home in Africa I would say yes it’s something that we do a lot but here in this country it was something new. It was like a dream. It was unreal,” she........

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