Nassima Pursues her Dreams


Before she turned 16 years old, Nassima’s father informed her that she was to be married off to a man over twice her age. This was not a marriage of love but about money, and she refused to obey her father. He turned violent against her, wanting to see...

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Long’s new-found Joy



Long called Hagar’s hotline sometime in September 2015, requesting financial support for her to undergo abortion. Her boyfriend had abandoned her after learning about her pregnancy and she didn’t want her parents to find out. She was aware of the shame it would cause if the news spread to her...

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“I have to be a Mother now” (Vietnamese)


Long gọi cho đường dây nóng của Hagar một ngày đầu tháng 9 với hi vọng nhận được hỗ trợ tài chính để phá thai. Em không hay biết mình đã có thai bao lâu và cũng không hề có kiến thức gì về việc mang thai. Em chỉ muốn...

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Walking the Journey with Children Like Nita

Located in Cambodia’s north eastern mountains, Pailin City is a key trade centre with Thailand. It is also a well-known drug trafficking centre. Small shacks house gambling, where dealers take and traffic drugs across slum communities. This is where Nita and her family grew up feeling unsafe and vulnerable.
Selling recycled...

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Chanty Begins A New Life

When she was 23 years old, Chanty was married against her will. “My parents and grandparents forced me to get married to a man I didn’t love. I protested again and again but they forced me. I feel sad that they didn’t undersand me. I had no choice but to...

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Why Didn’t You Let Me Die?


Giang used to be a beautiful girl. Tall, with long black hair and a stunning face. She was also very bright, and excelled at school. She loved school, her only dream was to study and go to university and she always came top of her class. For Giang, studying was...

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Naomi Gives Back


Growing up in a remote region of Cambodia’s northeast, Naomi’s childhood is full of memories of playing in the trees, cool fresh morning filled with the smell of rubber from the plantations, red earth roads and paths bordered with lush greenery and rolling hills.

But as beautiful as the scenery...

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Nassima Fights for her future

Nassima was 18 years old when she first arrived at Hagar. She had experienced some of the worst that life has to offer. She was physically abused at home by her father, sold in to marriage, and then abused by her husband’s family as well. She became very depressed and planned...

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A Full Circle – Srey Mom’s Whole Journey At Hagar


“I don’t remember much, but I remember when he forced his cap into my mouth to muffle my screams. It tasted of dust. And then, the rest is just a painful haze.”


A maze of lush green fields, palm trees casting tall shadows, water buffalos basking in sun-clad waterholes. One...

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Forced to Dance


This story was collected during research for Forgotten No More: Male Child Trafficking in Afghanistan

I am 13 years old. My family life was difficult. I had a stepmother who beat me many times.

When I was around 11 years old, I was walking in the provincial capital and...

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