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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Tahmina’s Story

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I didn’t have an affair. But that didn’t matter. There was the sham trial. The false conviction. The brutal flogging. But not for the man who accused me, or the man accused along with me. They both went home unharmed. I went home in agony. And it wasn’t just once. They came...

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I am grateful for Hagar but I could not live there forever.

This is real life. Transitional Care is a key focus of Hagar’s work – helping to reintegrate into the community those who’ve suffered abuse- through family foster care, kinship programs and group homes. This is the story of one young woman.

This is Lina’s story:

My name is Lina. I was 16...

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The Vorns’ Journey

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When we became foster parents to children from Hagar, we got what we've always wanted- a big family. But a foster family's life is not so easy. We need to give each child, as unique as they are, the same love and affection that we give to our own three children. And it...

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Phannary’s Story

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Twelve years ago, Phannary came to Hagar. She and her family were destitute with little hope for the future. Phannary trained as a cook with Hagar Catering and then started working for the business. After three years she was promoted as a supervisor. “My manager trusted me and saw me growing,”...

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Aziza’s Story

I never got the chance to excel, to show my potential, to reach my dreams. In Afghanistan, it doesn't work that way. At least for girls it doesn't.

Because I was abused, I was rejected by my family. Because I was exploited, they abandoned me. Because of what happened to me,...

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Srey Roth’s Story

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My name is Srey Roth and I am 13 years old. I love studying and spending time with my friends. I dream that one day I will be successful so I can live with confidence in the community. My life in the past was so difficult, because I grew up...

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Freed by Love

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Betrayed. Rejected. Imprisoned. Have you ever felt these in your life? My parents never liked me. They thought I was stupid. They divorced when I was 15. When I was 19, I met Vi. I thought she was my best friend. But best friends don't betray you the way she did. She sold...

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