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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Zarmina’s First Steps to Healing

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What was I supposed to do—give up my eldest son or my newborn baby? There wasn’t another option. There’s never been another option. An abusive father. A drug smuggling husband. I’ve always done what I’ve needed to survive—for my family to survive. Homeless with five kids—I had to work in the...

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My life in Colour

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About a year ago, I couldn't see my life in colour.  It was dull. Worthless. I was numb. It was hard for me to love my family. Impossible to love myself. When I started attending Hagar's programmes in Vietnam, something changed. I learned that other women have stories too. I listened...

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My Story – Thi

My parents used to make me eat pig slop. You might wonder what pig slop tastes like, but it's not as bad as it sounds. To be honest, I got used to it. But what was worse was when my parents would yell at me. Or they'd hit me. Or...

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Huyen’s Remarkable Recovery

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Huyen has always been vague about her time in China. She simply cannot talk about it. Sometimes, but only on rare occasions, she’ll offer that the experience was horrific and humiliating. We believe her. Because when Huyen arrived at Hagar, she was ashamed and confused and unbelievably sad. She was broken....

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Minh Rewrites Her Story

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My name is Minh. These days, I feel really happy. But that wasn’t always true. A few years ago everything was different. I grew up in Northern Vietnam, right near the border of China. My sister and brothers raised me because our parents died when I was 13. Life was...

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