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

Anh Hagar Vietnam
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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