A Mother’s Day Post: New Beginnings for Naron

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Mahida’s Story

Madiha tells her story straight-faced. She answers questions in a quiet, monotonous tone. “I will start from the beginning, because that’s where the violence started. My father died when I was a child, leaving my mother with my brother, my sister, and me. An enemy of our family would often threaten...

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Huyen’s Story of Transformation


Transformation is defined as “a marked change…as in appearance or character…usually for the better”
. As a staff member at Hagar Vietnam, I must agree. For each individual client in our care, transformation is different, but one thing remains the same…it is noticed, unique, and inspiring.

Take the case of...

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Kalyan’s Journey to Forgiveness


With her black sharp eyes, Kalyan is a friendly and energetic woman. It is hard to believe that she has had such a dark past. When she was 15 years old, she was trafficked for sexual exploitation by her mother. Now 19, she is a beautiful young woman living with...

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Coming Home


Anh, now 22, was just 18 years old when she was trafficked to China and forced to be a prostitute. For more than a year, she suffered her “darkest days” full of pain and sorry.

After 13 months of abuse, Anh was able to escape and leave China. But the...

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When I was 13, my father arranged my marriage with a 45-year-old man, who promised my family money in exchange for me. I was very unhappy with him, but endured life with him for one year before running back to my home. My father was very angry when I returned....

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Healing and Justice for Chantea

I was told to release the whole story but wasn’t sure if I could handle recalling what happened to me. I was nine when my stepfather raped me. I didn’t understand why he would do this—especially since he was supposed to love my mother. I was constantly scared and couldn’t...

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Linh Overcomes the Darkness


I wasn’t afraid of poverty. I didn’t know another way. What got me was the loneliness. Would my dream of a complete and happy family ever be reality?

When I was little, my mom passed away. She wasn’t my real mother—but my adopted one. I’ve never known my biological family....

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Rany’s Story

My name is Rany. I’m sixteen years old and originally from the rural province of Prey Veng. For most of my childhood though, I’ve lived in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. My life was difficult growing up. The memories are hard to forget. My father never allowed me to go to...

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Zaman’s Story


GUEST BLOG by Catherine Gladwell,
Director of Refugee Support Network, UK


Zaman paused after he spoke, and looked down at the floor of the Hagar office. ‘Speaking to you is bringing it all back you know, my life in the UK.’ Stories started to spill out of his...

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