Women's groups accuse Bahrain of cutting funds on political grounds

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Government slashes aid to 18 NGOs due to budget crisis and blocks foreign funding, leaving victims of domestic violence with little support.

MANAMA – Maryam Mansoor left her husband after years of domestic abuse, but with no support struggled to provide for her five children by selling flowers on the streets of Manama. She had few places to turn and her self-confidence eroded.

That all began to change when the 35-year-old started visiting a women’s charity for weekly counselling and support from a social worker – help that made her feel like she could start living a normal life.

But three months ago, the sessions stopped.

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