But its history of conflict and genocide has also led to deep intergenerational trauma.
Cambodia has one of the highest prevalence rates of human trafficking in the world, and domestic violence is widespread.
Hagar was founded in Cambodia in 1994 in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge genocide. For 30 years, Hagar has helped women and children who have suffered the trauma of trafficking, slavery, and abuse to heal and rebuild their lives.
Rachana and her husband desperately wanted to provide a hopeful future for their two children. But their tiny village near Cambodia’s border with Thailand provided few opportunities.
When they heard of high-paying jobs in Thailand, they jumped at the chance, but soon found themselves stuck in a merciless cycle of debt and exploitation.