Hagar Brought the Light Back to My Life

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  I've always been made fun of for my appearance. I was born premature which caused my poor health and created the hump on my back. I’ve been picked on by my peers, my neighbors and even my own family. I’ve never felt good about myself. When I was 18, I was befriended...

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The Journey Home

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“I felt warm when I met my mum again. Now, I’m bigger and stronger so no one can mistreat me.” -Vanak

Earlier this year, Hagar’s Case Managers supported two brothers as they reintegrated back to their home community. Two years ago, local authorities and human rights organisations brought Vanak...

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The Life Diep Deserved

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“I know that the work will be hard and that healing will take not only time but also effort. But through reflection and planning, my life can and will be better.” Diep was born into poverty. Like so many others in rural Vietnam, she was essentially destined to a life...

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Courage to Break Free

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I have always experienced the beatings—for being a girl, for being a child, for being an employee. My father was a violent man cursed by alcohol, poverty and worst of all, daughters. I left school at the age of 10 to work in a child factory where I was hit...

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Ratha’s Journey to Freedom

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I am the girl you hear about. The one taken from home, caged inside and trafficked across borders. The one who heard the screams, had the nightmares and felt the loss. The one who ran away for fear of dying herself. I am that girl. I am 19 years...

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Sam’s Resilience

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My father died when we I was very young and mom was left to care for me, my twin brother and our five other siblings. We never finished school because we couldn’t afford it. My brother and I would go to the pagoda near our home during our free time....

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Tahmina’s Story

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I didn’t have an affair. But that didn’t matter. There was the sham trial. The false conviction. The brutal flogging. But not for the man who accused me, or the man accused along with me. They both went home unharmed. I went home in agony. And it wasn’t just once. They came...

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The Vorns’ Journey

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When we became foster parents to children from Hagar, we got what we've always wanted- a big family. But a foster family's life is not so easy. We need to give each child, as unique as they are, the same love and affection that we give to our own three children. And...

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Phannary’s Story

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Twelve years ago, Phannary came to Hagar. She and her family were destitute with little hope for the future. Phannary trained as a cook with Hagar Catering and then started working for the business. After three years she was promoted as a supervisor. “My manager trusted me and saw me growing,”...

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Chhivorn’s Courage

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Chhivorn never got along with his mom and step dad-that's why he slept on the streets. The foreigner found him there and invited him to stay with him and a few other boys. It had to be better than the streets, Chhivorn thought. Over the next few months, Chhivorn suffered unimaginable...

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