Navi’s Story

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    Navi grew up in a province about two and a half hours away from Phnom Penh with her mother, stepfather, and two half-sisters. Her stepfather married her mother when she was three years old. He’s the only father Navi has ever known and Navi has never felt any different from...

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Hiep’s Story

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Hiep grew up in the mountains of Northern Vietnam. Hagar staff still remember the first time they visited her at home after she called the Hagar hotline. They arrived in Hiep’s village just before sunset, and then had to walk another hour to find her house. The only way they...

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Naomi’s Story

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  Growing up in Cambodia’s remote northeast region, Naomi remembers playing in the trees, cool fresh mornings that smelled like rubber, red earth roads, lush greenery, and rolling hills. However, life wasn’t easy for her. Schooling was limited and Naomi had to work in the fields to help her mother. After her...

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Longdy’s Story

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Longdy had a very difficult life as a child. When he was about 3 years old, he lost the use of his legs to polio. However he still needed to help his mother with her small business selling Khmer noodles. So, he did not have the...

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Hagar Afghanistan’s “Empowering Women and Girls Toward Economic Participation” (EWEP) Program

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An Afghan women’s right to safe and sustainable work is almost non-existent, especially for those with backgrounds of violence and exploitation. Hagar Afghanistan’s “Empowering Women and Girls Toward Economic Participation” (EWEP) Program seeks to bridge the gap for survivors to enter the formal workplace with confidence, employable skills and positive attitudes....

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Priya’s Story

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Priya is the eldest of seven kids. She loves her family, and when she found herself married to a much older man who was abusive towards her, at only 14, she wanted desperately to return to them. Sadly, her parents wouldn’t have her back. There’s so much shame associated with...

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Tran’s Story

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  Tran was a model student at a local secondary school in the south of Vietnam. She was engaged in school activities, was well-loved by her teachers and peers, and dedicated herself to her studies. This all changed when at the age of 12, she was raped multiple times by...

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Hagar Staff Profile: Anoosha of Hagar Afghanistan

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  "When my children were still young, my husband passed away. I worked hard to be able to send my children to school so they would one day get a career. Girls without a career and money are too often teased and chased by lustful men. The Government is weak...

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Amena’s Story

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  “When someone gets married her life should change for the better, but when I got married, my life changed for worse.” Before she got married, Amena’s dream of married life was that of a happy,loving and safe environment. But her dreams were shattered the day she became a wife. Her...

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Sophea’s Story

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From the start, Sophea’s life was not easy. “My mother was cruel and hit me whenever I did something wrong. At times I thought she might not be my real mother because she was so cruel towards me. My father was the only one who showed me love.” Then one day...

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