Courage Abounds

Nasreen felt trapped after being contracted in marriage at age 15 and she was tired of experiencing her father’s violence, drug addiction, and his squandering of the family’s resources.  She knew that if anything were going to change for her future, she’d have to take bold action. Risking everything, Nasreen shaved her head, disguised herself as a boy to better ensure safe passage, and she fled her provincial home hoping to make it to Kabul…for a brighter future.

Nasreen was found by the police in Kabul, and since they believed her to be a boy, she was sent to Hagar’s boys’ recovery center. Several months after arriving there, Nasreen felt safe enough to disclose the truth, and she was then transferred to our women’s program. At first, she was afraid of everyone and expressed a lot of anger, but counseling sessions helped her to open up and to heal. Nasreen began to flourish. She could finally go to school again, laugh, and have friends. She completed 6th grade while at Hagar’s center and also learned embroidery skills enabling her to earn a small income that can support her education moving forward.

She later shared her family’s address and Hagar was able to make contact with them. After Nasreen left home, her father realized that all of his family’s problems stemmed from his addiction. He began to change and is now living a sober lifestyle. After he visited Nasreen in Kabul several times, her father agreed that when she was ready to return home she could continue her studies and that he would break the marriage contract. These were both major concessions for Nasreen.

Hagar began working with the family to ensure a safe transition home for Nasreen. She is now thriving in her community and is receiving ongoing support to ensure her success.

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By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.

Help us transform lives

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By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.

Help us transform lives

Donate now

By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.

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