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Listeners' stories of incidents and actions that proved to be a turning point in life
For Dan Jeffries, an act of kindness proved to be a turning point that saved his own life. Robert Maxim, faced homelessness but found a way to survive for three months, and Alan Pickard turned his social life around – with dance.
Also, Festo Michael Kambarangwe who lived with 50 siblings and 14 stepmothers; Oladipupo Adeola meets a Muslim for the first time and Pam Hawley finds love in an unexpected way.
With contributions from Alla Salah, Misha Anker, Saba Fahim, Jean Richter.
The Response is a new programme which gives you the chance to broadcast a unique story about yourself. The next theme is What My Parents Taught Me. To take part, just find the voice recorder on your phone, make a two minute recording of yourself telling the story and email that recording to us, marked The Response at email@example.com
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When Louisa Smith was eight, her father, a Vietnam veteran, dealt with an armed attacker
For the eight-year-old Louisa Smith, a day trip to the beach with her father became an experience which shaped her life. The family car was stopped by an armed man, who makes it clear he is prepared to kill them unless he is driven to where he wants to go. But Louisa’s father is a Vietnam veteran, with a unique insight into how to unsettle their abductor.
Shobande Shina recalls a mistake with money which stayed with him forever, and Nelson Bohorquez from Colombia, offers a unique glimpse of his mother’s sense of humour. And, from Syria, Layal Mahfoud remembers her mother’s lesson in standing up for her future.
Plus, contributions from Debbie Camara, Masiliso Akayombokwa, Dana Silcox, Paola Ribadeneira and Jake Crawford.
The Response is open to all and for the next topic we want you to tell us a story about an inspirational woman. As part of the World Service 100 Women series we are asking for your tales about women who changed your life or your community – or you may be a woman who changed things. How did you do it? Email us a voice memo or message recorded on your phone to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
Picture: A child holding an adult's hand, Credit: Thinkstock
Gill knew there was a secret in the family. When she found out the truth, the extent of her mother's sacrifices become clear.
Her story is just one sent to The Response from listeners' smartphones after we requested your stories about inspiring women.
In other stories John King recalls a woman whose name he can't remember, but who changed the course of his life.
Taform Isaac Meyahnui from Cameroon remembers being hungry and denied an education, before an aunt offered him a lifeline.
And students from the Liceo Vito Fazio Allmayer language school in Alcamo Sicily tell us about the women who fire their passions, from the Nobel Prize Winning Scientist Rita Levi Montalcini to the Harry Potter author JK Rowling.
There are contributions from Gill Roberts, Fatima Sarr, Melania Trovato, Emanuela Orlando, Giorgia Saullo, Diana Madibekova, Martina Campo, Giullia Accardo, Isabella Garbo and Anna Rodriquenz.
Photo Hiker at summit peak, looking at sunset
Credit: Stanislaw Pytel Getty Images
In other stories John King recalls a woman whose name he cannot remember, but who changed the course of his life. Taform Isaac Meyahnui from Cameroon remembers being hungry and denied an education, before an aunt offered him a lifeline. And, students from the Liceo Vito Fazio Allmayer language school in Alcamo Sicily tell us about the women who fire their passions, from the Nobel Prize winning scientist Rita Levi Montalcini to the Harry Potter author JK Rowling.
(Photo Hiker at summit peak, looking at sunset. Credit: Stanislaw Pytel/Getty Images)
A family secret and the steps taken by one woman to protect her children.