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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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...

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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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Trafficked and Imprisoned No More

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We were just supposed to be “visiting China”. That’s what she said. That’s what he said. But as soon as we crossed the border from Vietnam, I was given over to several men. They made me their “wife”—or housemaid. I was forced to live with them for a year. Finally, with...

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The Unimaginable Wager; Risking it all for Freedom

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A story about refugees in Cambodia by Michael Hirsch, Hagar Cambodia Refugee Project Manager   This is impossible, but try: Imagine your country is wracked by civil war — bombings, killings, missing persons, interrogations, imprisonments, displacement… Fear so palpable that you feel it in your empty gut, you see it in faces of children...

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Samay’s Story

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Samay was approached by a foreign paedophile on the riverbank in Phnom Penh. Over a period of two months, the man groomed Samay by buying him books, food and English lessons. Finally, when Samay was 15, the man sexually abused him and other boys. There was a court case and with...

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