Zarifa’s Story

It’s never mattered what I’ve wanted. A mentally disabled husband. His abusive family. The murdering of our children. My life has been filled with endless torture and pain. I wanted to go to school. I wanted to get a job. I wanted to live safely and independently. But in our...

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Sreylea’s Story

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I used to be dirty. Dirty house. Dirty clothes. Dirty food. My family is very large and very poor. We used to collect trash to find recyclables which could be sold for money. While searching, we’d ask tourists for their leftover food to eat. We didn’t care about anything, including our...

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Overcoming Fear

Everyone has a story—mine used to make me cry myself to sleep at night. A few years ago my mother was murdered. My brother and I looked to the people of our village for help, but no one cared. They discriminated against us because we had been abused by a foreigner. We...

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Hagar Brought the Light Back to My Life

I’ve always been made fun of for my appearance. I was born premature which caused my poor health and created the hump on my back. I’ve been picked on by my peers, my neighbors and even my own family. I’ve never felt good about myself. When I was 18, I was...

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The Journey Home

“I felt warm when I met my mum again. Now, I’m bigger and stronger so no one can mistreat me.” -Vanak

  Earlier this year, Hagar’s Case Managers supported two brothers as they reintegrated back to their home community. Two years ago, local authorities and human rights organisations brought...

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The Life Diep Deserved

“I know that the work will be hard and that healing will take not only time but also effort. But through reflection and planning, my life can and will be better.” Diep was born into poverty. Like so many others in rural Vietnam, she was essentially destined to a life of...

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Courage to Break Free

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I have always experienced the beatings—for being a girl, for being a child, for being an employee. My father was a violent man cursed by alcohol, poverty and worst of all, daughters. I left school at the age of 10 to work in a child factory where I was hit for...

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Ratha’s Journey to Freedom

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I am the girl you hear about. The one taken from home, caged inside and trafficked across borders. The one who heard the screams, had the nightmares and felt the loss. The one who ran away for fear of dying herself. I am that girl. I am 19 years old. My...

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A Mother’s Healing Love

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If only my love could take back what that man took from my daughter.  I came home and saw Ai in a corner. She was crying. Her dress was red with blood. Unbelievable fear and shock filled her eyes and she cried uncontrollably. My five year old daughter had been raped. Rage...

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Sam’s Resilience

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My father died when we I was very young and mom was left to care for me, my twin brother and our five other siblings. We never finished school because we couldn’t afford it. My brother and I would go to the pagoda near our home during our free time....

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