Tra Gains Strength to Return Home

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Soon after she was married, Tra knew that her life would not be easy. Her husband was accused of damaging property and he was sent to jail for six months. Her mother-in-law did not consider Tra as a daughter-in-law but just as another source of income for the family. She expected Tra to make...

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Fast Facts: Human Trafficking

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We stand with the 21 million men, women and children who have experienced extreme human rights abuses due to forced labour, domestic violence, exploitation and trafficking. We at Hagar believe that survivors have the right to high quality trauma-informed services, enabling each individual to regain their dignity and secure their...

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A Mother’s Love Knows No Bounds

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In January 2016, Nhi’s husband sexually abused their two young children. After years of physical abuse towards the family, Nhi decided to run away with her son and daughter, seeking refuge at Hagar’s Recovery Centre. All three were experiencing high levels of trauma. Nhi was quick to anger, isolating herself when...

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Setara’s Story

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  My story is full of suffering. When I was 13, my father arranged for me to be married to a member of the Taliban. I refused and appealed to the rest of my family for help, but they forced the marriage anyway. I had to escape, so I ran away...

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Creative Arts for Healing in Vietnam

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Art therapy is used with Hagar clients as it has a number of benefits. It allows clients to communicate what is sometimes difficult to put into words and manage difficult emotions and circumstances. Art therapy can also help clients feel understood, gain skills, provide a sense of achievement and it allows...

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Giang’s Recovery with Hagar Vietnam

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Giang used to be a beautiful girl. Tall, with long black hair and a stunning face. She was also very bright, and excelled at school. She loved school, her only dream was to study and go to university and she always came top of her class. For Giang, studying was...

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Chanty Begins A New Life

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When she was 23 years old, Chanty was married against her will. “My parents and grandparents forced me to get married to a man I didn’t love. I protested again and again but they forced me. I feel sad that they didn’t undersand me. I had no choice but to...

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Nassima fights for her future

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Nassima* was 18-years-old when she first arrived at Hagar Afghanistan. She had experienced some of the worst that life has to offer. She was physically abused at home by her father, sold into marriage, and then abused by her husband’s family. She became very depressed and planned to take her own...

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Naomi Gives Back

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Growing up in a remote region of Cambodia’s northeast, Naomi’s childhood is full of memories of playing in the trees, cool fresh morning filled with the smell of rubber from the plantations, red earth roads and paths bordered with lush greenery and rolling hills. But as beautiful as the scenery she...

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Finding Healing in the Community

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My name is Sokha and I was born in Phnom Penh. Our family didn’t have much but we were happy. My mother worked in the factory and my father was a driver. I was in school and doing okay. But one event changed my life forever. I was abused by a foreigner when I...

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