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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Aziza’s Story

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I never got the chance to excel, to show my potential, to reach my dreams. In Afghanistan, it doesn't work that way. At least for girls it doesn't. Because I was abused, I was rejected by my family. Because I was exploited, they abandoned me. Because of what happened to...

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Srey Roth’s Story

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My name is Srey Roth and I am 13 years old. I love studying and spending time with my friends. I dream that one day I will be successful so I can live with confidence in the community. My life in the past was so difficult, because I grew up...

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Freed by Love

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Betrayed. Rejected. Imprisoned. Have you ever felt these in your life? My parents never liked me. They thought I was stupid. They divorced when I was 15. When I was 19, I met Vi. I thought she was my best friend. But best friends don't betray you the way she did. She sold...

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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 programs in Vietnam, something changed. I learned that other women have stories too. I listened...

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My Story – Thi

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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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Image by Jeff Holt 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...

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