Healing and Justice for Chantea

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I was told to release the whole story but wasn’t sure if I could handle recalling what happened to me. I was nine when my stepfather raped me. I didn’t understand why he would do this—especially since he was supposed to love my mother. I was constantly scared and couldn’t...

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Shahida

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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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Srey Mom’s Story

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The first time Sreymom went to live and work in Malaysia, she had a good experience. Originally from Cambodia, she was orphaned as a young girl. Her mother died when she was 11 and her father soon after. Her dad had remarried though and so she moved in with...

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Linh Overcomes the Darkness

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I wasn’t afraid of poverty. I didn’t know another way. What got me was the loneliness. Would my dream of a complete and happy family ever be reality? When I was little, my mom passed away. She wasn’t my real mother—but my adopted one. I’ve never known my biological family....

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Rany’s Story

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My name is Rany. I’m sixteen years old and originally from the rural province of Prey Veng. For most of my childhood though, I’ve lived in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. My life was difficult growing up. The memories are hard to forget. My father never allowed me to go to school....

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Thien’s Story

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I used to live in darkness and considered ending it all. When I was eighteen, I was trafficked to Russia where I worked illegally as a labourer. But even after I was rescued and returned home to Vietnam, I still couldn’t find a job that paid enough money to...

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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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Morsal’s Story

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“I come from a very religious and conservative family. After school, my parents told me that I could not continue my education. They wanted me to stay home, like most respectful young women are expected to do. Yet, my family is very poor and unable to provide for our...

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Hagar Celebrates 20 – Zarifa’s Story

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Thank you for being a part of Hagar’s journey to restore the lives of the most vulnerable.  Hagar is proud to have delivered 20 years of services to our clients in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Vietnam, working with women and children recovering from severe human rights abuse. To do this...

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Srey Poch’s Story

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“I don’t want to go back home yet. I feel unsafe in the rural countryside, especially because the perpetuator 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...

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