Zaher’s Incredible Resilience

“One day, I will be back with my family again. I’ll be an engineer and serve my people. I will improve my family’s situation when I am a man.”

Zaher, 14 year old boy, at the Forgotten No More project


Zaher grew up in Kabul with his parents, two sisters and a...

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Hagar driver creates “Safe Place” for clients

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Mohammad’s brother was employed as Hagar’s first ever driver in Afghanistan. As Hagar programmes expanded, the need for more staff increased and he suggested his brother apply for a position. Mohammad first worked as a night driver for two years, then became the day driver in 2011.

“My brother told me...

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Being ‘trauma-informed’ at Hagar

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Definition of Trauma Informed Care

Trauma- informed care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma, recognising the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledging the role that trauma has played in their lives. – National Center for Trauma Informed Care (NCTIC,

For more than a decade, trauma informed...

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A Mother’s Love Knows No Bounds


In January 2016, Nhi’s husband sexually abused their two young children. After years of physical abuse towards the family, Nhi decided to run away with her son and daughter, seeking refuge at Hagar’s Recovery Centre. All three were experiencing high levels of trauma. Nhi was quick to anger, isolating herself when...

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The Impact of Trauma-Informed Care



Several months ago, my 8 year old daughter and I were involved in a motorcycle accident in Phnom Penh leading us to lay down the bike and sacrifice some patches of skin to the pavement. The injuries were non-life threatening, but the incident was traumatic nonetheless—feelings of horrible guilt and...

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A Survivor’s Proud Success

Despite the many other hairdressers in the community, Dan's hairdressing salon is one of the most popular in town with clients travelling far and wide for hair appointments with her. Anh sometimes has to turn clients away and reschedule appointments because the salon gets so packed. Today, Dan is a strong...

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Foster Family’s life-long Impact to Survivors



Follow the story of Mr Sokhom and Mrs Plong Sopheap, foster parents to 13 Hagar clients since 2007.

Having both experienced life under the Khmer Rouge regime, Mr Sokhom and Mrs Plong Sopheap share similar stories of hardship. They were both separated from their families and forced to slave labour in...

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Nassima Pursues her Dreams


Before she turned 16 years old, Nassima’s father informed her that she was to be married off to a man over twice her age. This was not a marriage of love but about money, and she refused to obey her father. He turned violent against her, wanting to see...

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Long’s new-found Joy



Long called Hagar’s hotline sometime in September 2015, requesting financial support for her to undergo abortion. Her boyfriend had abandoned her after learning about her pregnancy and she didn’t want her parents to find out. She was aware of the shame it would cause if the news spread to her...

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“I have to be a Mother now” (Vietnamese)


Long gọi cho đường dây nóng của Hagar một ngày đầu tháng 9 với hi vọng nhận được hỗ trợ tài chính để phá thai. Em không hay biết mình đã có thai bao lâu và cũng không hề có kiến thức gì về việc mang thai. Em chỉ muốn...

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