Shahida’s Incredible Strength

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When I was 13, my father arranged my marriage with a 45-year-old man, who promised my family money in exchange for me. I was very unhappy with him, but endured life with him for one year before running back to my home. My father was very angry when I returned....

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Beyond the trauma, past the pain

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“Did I want to marry a mentally disabled man? No, but when has anyone ever cared what I wanted? I wanted to get an education, but things like that aren’t for Afghan girls like me. We lived with my husband’s family and all of them were mean. From the grandfather...

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Forgetting the Pain, Kalyan’s Story

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With her black sharp eyes, Kalyan is a friendly and energetic woman. It is hard to believe that she has had such a dark past. When she was 15 years old, she was trafficked for sexual exploitation by her mother. Now, aged 18, she is a beautiful young woman...

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The Art of Healing: Hong Kong Artists’ Visit to Hagar Cambodia

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“I like the birds [in my picture] because they can fly free. I hope one day that I will be able to get a good job so that I can live freely too.”

-Hagar client, participant in the Creative Arts Program

19 young faces looked up in anticipation as the...

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Thach’s Story

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  http://youtu.be/lGySsfP2dC0   My name is So Thach and I am 25 years old. I was born in a very poor family in a refugee camp along the Thai border. Growing up, I never received care and love from anyone around me, especially my parents. I just remember the violence. My mum and my...

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A Breakthrough in Justice

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When one person makes a stand, it can change lives. This is the story of a life that is being restored thanks to the courage of one government official.

Shaima’s Story

Just two years ago, 21-year-old Shaima was a teacher in one of Afghanistan’s largest cities. Over the next 18 months, she...

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Srey Poch’s Story

“I don’t want to go back home yet. I feel unsafe in the rural countryside, especially because the perpetrator has not been arrested yet.” Srey Poch, 12 years old. 

Srey Poch used to live in a small village near the sea in Sihanoukville. Her father was a fisherman, and her mother...

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Rangsy’s Story

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When I was 12 years old I ran away from home. Actually, it wasn’t really home but the alley where I found my mother and stepfather. My real father died when I was young. My mom and stepdad were drug addicts. That’s how we lost our house and ended...

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Srey Mom’s Story

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“I bought a lot of pills on my way back to Cambodia. I planned to take them and end my life. I didn’t have anything—no parents, no money. Not even a small hope of change.” –Sreymom The first time Sreymom went to live and work in Malaysia, she had a...

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Tuan and Ny’s Story

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“I don’t know how old I was when I was sold. I just remember that I was small and that it happened many times. I want to blame my mother for what she did to me, but I don’t because she is my mother and we were too poor.” –Tuan Tuan,...

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