A Breakthrough for trafficking in persons – Shaima’s Story

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Less than two years ago, 21 year-old Shaima was a teacher in one of Afghanistan’s largest cities. Over the next 18 months, she experienced the worst deception. The man who promised her the world raped her and gave her to his friends to rape as well. It was her cruel initiation...

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Safe and Dignified Work

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For three years, Yin Phalik has trained and managed Hagar Cambodia clients at La Residence, a high end French restaurant in Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh. He has high expectations for his staff and wants them to succeed. Phalik’s connection to Hagar clients goes back to the days where...

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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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Protecting Women At Work

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It was a normal day at Joma Bakery Café when I received a call from Hagar’s Career Counselor. “It’s happening on Wednesday,” she said. One of my employees had been fearing this day ever since rumours started circulating that her husband would be released from prison.  She had received numerous threats...

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What is in a Name?

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Women in Afghanistan are sometimes beaten by their husbands because a man (who is not related) spoke their name. One woman was educated enough to have had her university classmate speak her name, so her husband beat her and locked her up for three weeks.  Names and women are...

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Trafficking Is Not The Only Issue

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In the nearly five years I’ve lived and worked in this country, I’ve been confronted by a host of abuses against other human beings. There are the more obvious ones like girls and boys who are sexually exploited by foreign pedophiles, and women forced into work labor in Malaysia....

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Redefining Success

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I had planned to come for two years, but today, eight years later, I’m still here. And just last week we celebrated the 200th girl to receive care, love and new hope at Hagar’s Girls Recovery Shelter. Over the years, I’ve heard many girls’ stories. And I often wondered how in...

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1,100 Reasons to Celebrate 2012

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Woven through the stories of the 1,100 women and children we were able to assist in 2012 are stories of hope, of recovery, of freedom:
  • 11 emergency foster families joined Hagar to help support women and children with their transition
  • 441 children participated in our education programmes
  • 650 clients received healthcare – including...

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Go With the Strength You Have

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“Lions 10; Christians 0″ commented a friend when contemplating the challenges and losses around me. While my personal situation pales in comparison to the early Christians being fed to the lions for Roman entertainment, it’s been a brutal few months on many levels. At Hagar, confronting evil is an occupational hazard....

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Life in Suspension

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Sometimes, I wonder, at the 10 year mark since our arrival in this country, whether I should be better adjusted. But part of me shouts back, we should never adjust to and accept injustice or exploitation (not here, not anywhere). Today, one of our female staff resigned. An arrangement for...

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