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03 December 2023

Dubai girl tries to commit suicide thrice… because of divorce

By Maryam Alyammahi

The Community Development Authority (CDA) in Dubai has set new programmes for Emirati families this year to achieve two main goals - the first one is to reduce number of divorces; secondly, to help people increasingly be satisfied with their family lives.

CDA succeeded in solving the problems of 90 per cent out of the 300 cases they received since last year. Many CDA studies have shown that financial problems are the main cause of divorce here in UAE. There are other problems as well, like lack of harmony, loss of love, domestic violence, absence of dialogue, addiction and many other causes.

Naama AlShamsi, Head of Family Cohesion, CDA, said that the authority has a number of programmes which help families facing different problems to overcome them, mainly divorce.

“Some people are not aware how divorce tears up the lives of their children, so when the parents come for consultation we keep divorce as out last option,” she said.

In one of the cases, a woman was facing behavioral issues because of divorce; the girl was taking pills and tried to commit suicide 3 times, in one of them she tried to jump from a building.

The girl was going under a huge pressure because she didn’t find the right guidance, since she lived with her aunt after the divorce.

“The girl used to be missing for more than one night, and no one would know where she was. After bringing in her family members, I tried to understand her and what she is facing.

“She said she thought no one loves her, so after consultation things started getting better,” she said.

In another case,  Al Shamsi was dealing with a couple married for 15 years, but the cohesion was missing in their life because the wife thought that her husband was cheating on her.

“Because of what the wife thought, she was living in continued stress. After she came to us and got the consultation her life changed and she said that their love life was born again,” Al Shamsi added.

A third case was about a girl whose her mum used to do everything for her. The girl was in her 20s and still counted on her mum.

One day she was offered a job and surprisingly, the girl asked her mum to go with her to the interview.
“The girl got the job, but sadly, she left after only two months because she wasn’t able to count on herself,” Al Shamsi said.

Children should be given a space to relay on their selves, and parents shouldn’t be over-protective because that may reflect badly on the children.

“Members of the family must maintain a domestic entity, be patient when you get problems, seek for an excuse if one of the parties made an error and that to strengthen the ties,” said Al Shamsi.