An Extraordinary Olympics Winner

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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 hospitable...

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Calling an End to a Biting Nightmare

“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...

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Cruel Deception

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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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