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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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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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.”...

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Duyen Begins Her Journey to Recovery

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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,...

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Nita’s New Vision

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My name is Nita, and I am 9 years old. I study 2nd grade in school. My favourite subjects are English and Khmer Literature. In the future, I want to be a teacher so I can share my knowledge to the next generation. I just came back from Singapore for my...

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Zuhra Finds Freedom

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been alone. I’ve had my own mind. My own opinion. My own plan for my life. Although it is typical in my country for young girls to marry, it is unwanted by many. I was one of the lucky ones—one who got away. My...

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An Extraordinary Olympics Winner

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A 18 year-old Ratanak was admitted to Hagar in 2009. Now he is studying at grade 2 at the integrated class at government school. He studies in the morning and receives training in the afternoon at Rabbit Café such as welcomes guests, cooking and t-shirt printing. He is friendly and...

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Be Strong for the Future – Sreynea’s Story

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I’ve always been happy with what I’ve had. My family was poor, but I didn’t complain. Whatever I needed to do to help us, I did—willingly. I wasn’t old enough to understand the difference between right and wrong. Until I met the foreigner. At first he treated me well, but then...

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From Slavery to Freedom

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In Afghanistan, we use badal to settle family feuds. I don’t know what our families were fighting about, but I don’t think me being forced to marry at age 12 settled anything. My husband was 10 years older and despised me from the day I moved in with his family....

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Overcoming Fear

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Everyone has a story—mine used to make me cry myself to sleep at night. A few years ago my mother was murdered. My brother and I looked to the people of our village for help, but no one cared. They discriminated against us because we had been abused by a foreigner. We...

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