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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Finding Healing in the Community


My name is Sokha and I was born in Phnom Penh. Our family didn’t have much but we were happy. My mother worked in the factory and my father was a driver. I was in school and doing okay.

But one event changed my life...

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Lanh’s Journey Begins


Lanh was neglected and abandoned by her mother, who had seven children with different men.

The 15-year-old girl has never known her real father and experienced physical abuse since she was very small. Left on her own at a very young age, Lanh lived in different places, including pagodas, while...

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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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