An Extraordinary Olympics Winner

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A 18 year-old Ratanak was admitted to Hagar in 2009. Now he is studying at grade 2 at the integrated class at government school. He studies in the morning and receives training in the afternoon at Rabbit Café such as welcomes guests, cooking and t-shirt printing. He is friendly and...

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A House Mother’s Journey to Recovery – Mak Sok’s Story

The man is supposed to support the family, but all my husband did was drink. Not only were we poor, but he was also violent towards me. I did the best I could selling jackfruit, but we fell into debt anyways. I didn’t want this life for myself and especially...

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Be Strong for the Future – Seynea’s Story

I’ve always been happy with what I’ve had. My family was poor, but I didn’t complain. Whatever I needed to do to help us, I did—willingly. I wasn’t old enough to understand the difference between right and wrong. Until I met the foreigner. At first he treated me well, but then...

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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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