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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Rany Becomes Independent

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Before my life was the toughest condition. My problems kept me down. But now I can raise my face to see this big world. My name is Rany. I am in third year of university in Cambodia, studying to become a social worker. My dream is to help poor...

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Polnath’s Story

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Nath was one of the first women who came to Hagar in Cambodia seeking refuge. Her husband, an alcoholic, often beat and abused her. They wandered the streets homeless. That’s where Nath gave birth to her daughter. But when her husband died suddently, Nath was completely destitute and alone....

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My Dream Fulfilled

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Today, I am a business woman and I am proud of myself. I am 38 years old and I live with my five children. In the past, whenever I encountered trouble I always thought of killing myself. That was the only solution I could think of. My husband would drink and then...

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Becoming Human Again

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My friends and family used to call me energetic. Happy go-lucky. But my first husband beat the life out of me. I was 13. He could have been my grandfather. He sold me when he got tired of me. Like a cow. Or a camel. After raping me, the next man sold...

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A Whole New Future for Sarom

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Sarom is in her mid-40s and has found new life and freedom at Hagar, despite her abusive marriage in the past. Living in a rental apartment with her children near Hagar's women's shelter, Sarom works as a housekeeper and cleaner for Hagar. With her monthly income, she is able to support...

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