Hau’s Story

Seven months ago, Hagar Vietnam received an emergency call in the middle of the night. It was from Hau, a 37 year old woman who had woken up to her drunk husband turning their house upside down. Hau feared for her life, he was violent and unpredictable. When her husband passed out, she decided to make a call to...

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Hiep’s Story

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Hiep grew up in the mountains of Northern Vietnam. Hagar staff still remember the first time they visited her at home after she called the Hagar hotline. They arrived in Hiep’s village just before sunset, and then had to walk another hour to find her house. The only way they...

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Zarifa’s Story

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Zarifa had never felt heard before she came to Hagar. She was married at a young age to a man with an abusive family, but like many girls her age, she really just wanted to go to school. She wanted to get a job. She wanted to live safely and independently as someone with agency and control over...

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Sok and King’s Story

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Just over a year ago, in Battambang, Cambodia, Sok Channy and his wife King Sokhorn began the journey of fostering children with Hagar. Sok and King share that their foster children inspire them daily, but fostering doesn’t come without its challenges. The real joy for Sok and King comes from the...

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Najia’s Story

Najia is a 23 year old client of Hagar in Afghanistan. She loved school as a child and was eager to learn all that she could. Najia’s education came to a halt when she turned 14 and was forced to marry a stranger. Physical threats and pressure from her family left...

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Priya and her Path to Recovery

“I thought I would never be able to smile again, but Hagar helped me to be how I am today.” (1)
Priya is the eldest of seven kids. She loves her family, and when she found herself married to a much older man who was abusive towards her, at only 14, she wanted desperately to return to them. Sadly, her parents wouldn’t have her back. There’s so much shame associated with...

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A Village Chief’s Bold Decision Saves a Life

We took her in and had to keep her safe. She was very afraid and it was clear to me that she had been mistreated…” said village chief Chhun Ngonn when he came across young Sophea. Sophea was only four years old when her father sold her into slavery. She spent...

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USA vs. Erik Peeters


In February 2009, the Cambodian authorities arrested Erik Leonardus Peeters, a 48-year-old American citizen, on suspicion of sexual contact with children. Peeters had arrived in Cambodia in 2008 and within two months had started to look for young boys. He particularly targeted children who were destitute...

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A Caring Home for Leap and her Siblings

She brushes the two little boys’ hair and makes sure they have enough water to drink.

Food is scarce but she always makes sure they don’t miss out and will serve them first.

She covers them with her frail little body to shield the boys from their father’s heavy blows.

When the father...

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“My stress is now down in my toes.”

In August 2016, Hagar launched a toolkit to support children in legal processes, enabling legal professionals and social workers to support child victims and witnesses as they journey through legal processes in Cambodia. Today, we are seeing a dramatic increase in children’s understanding of the legal process as well as...

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