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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A Full Circle – Srey Mom’s Whole Journey At Hagar

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“I don’t remember much, but I remember when he forced his cap into my mouth to muffle my screams. It tasted of dust. And then, the rest is just a painful haze.” A maze of lush green fields, palm trees casting tall shadows, water buffalos basking in sun-clad waterholes. One...

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Mahida’s Story

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Madiha* tells her story straight-faced. She answers questions in a quiet, monotonous tone. “I will start from the beginning, because that’s where the violence started. My father died when I was a child, leaving my mother with my brother, my sister, and me. An enemy of our family would often threaten...

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Home was not home anymore

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Anh, a 22-year-old client from a minority ethnic group in Vietnam's Yen Bai province, was a survivor of human trafficking. Anh was trafficked to China in August 2010 and was forced to be a prostitute for more than 12 months. In September 2011, she successfully ran away from China and...

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Client Joins Afghan Police Academy

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One of Hagar Afghanistan’s clients living in the Transitional Care Centre has made the decision to join the Afghan police force and has been admitted into the academy for training. She was motivated by the opportunity to earn a salary in order to be independent so that she can re-join...

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Shahida’s Incredible Strength

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When I was 13, my father arranged my marriage with a 45-year-old man, who promised my family money in exchange for me. I was very unhappy with him, but endured life with him for one year before running back to my home. My father was very angry when I returned....

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Beyond the trauma, past the pain

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“Did I want to marry a mentally disabled man? No, but when has anyone ever cared what I wanted? I wanted to get an education, but things like that aren’t for Afghan girls like me. We lived with my husband’s family and all of them were mean. From the grandfather...

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Forgetting the Pain, Kalyan’s Story

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With her black sharp eyes, Kalyan is a friendly and energetic woman. It is hard to believe that she has had such a dark past. When she was 15 years old, she was trafficked for sexual exploitation by her mother. Now, aged 18, she is a beautiful young woman...

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