A Broken Childhood by Lydia Ola Taiwo

A Broken Childhood

A True Story

Lydia Ola Taiwo is a survivor – a survivor of physical, mental and emotional abuse at the hands of those who should have loved and protected her.

A Broken Childhood is the gut-wrenching story of Lydia’s childhood, and chapter after chapter describes what can only be called, the soul of a truly evil woman: her mother.

Lydia was a child that never experienced a hug, a mother’s kiss, a welcoming embrace. There was no one to dry her tears, allay her fears, or hold her hand. She was a child who grew up watching other children take for granted the love and care she never had.

Thrown on the floor, her teeth broken, her body cut and scarred from the wire used to whip her, Lydia knew anger, depression, even thoughts of suicide. But within her, she found a glimmer of strength, an inner resolve to pull her through the darkness. Incredibly, she came to forgive her parents and now her life has become a light for others to follow.

Sorrow may last the night but joy comes in the morning. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel. However, many people give up too soon and do not get out. Many people end up dead. And yet, if you are successful in getting out then what else can you do but forgive? That is what I had to do to be able to move on with my life. I thank God that the latter part of my life is far happier than I could have ever imagined and this is because I have forgiven all those who have hurt me.” Lydia Ola Taiwo

A Broken Childhood and A Broken Childhood: Forgiveness not only chronicle terrible abuse, but are books that will inspire, guide and lead you to a better place.


Dr Lydia Taiwo is a Consultant Biomedical Healthcare Scientist with her own diagnostic centre in Kent. She is also a published author and public speaker speaking out against child abuse. She is an Ambassador for AFRUCA and works with Safeguarding Now Ltd and Safeguarding Black, Asian Minority Ethnic Group (BAME) London in raising awareness of child abuse (and using herself as a living case study). Dr Lydia Taiwo is married and has six children. Visit the authors website

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