'I didn't have a dad'
These users share their stories of how they grew up without fathers.

Recently Zimkhitha Mqutheni shared her story with us about how she grew up without her dad

'Some say a child needs both his parents. Maybe yes, maybe no.

'From where I come from, it takes a community to raise a child. Whether there is a father in the household or not that child will grow up healthy and happy. I am full proof of that.'

We asked you to share your stories with us and these were some of the responses we received.

More responsible without a dad?

'Growing up without a father does not mean that you are empty and that men should fill you up, it actually gives you the opportunity to grow with a super mind not of your age level.'

See the rest of Ek's story here.

No Dad? Strong Mom

'I was raised but a single parent who never knew how to write or read but I sure am proud to say today I am what I am because of her.'

See the rest of Vuyisa's story here.

I thought I had a father...

'It is really painful not to know who your father is and only have a vision of him in your mind and old photos of him and yourself.'

See the rest of Thandi's story here

We'd still love to hear your experience so comment below and share your story.

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