Give hope & healing to abused & trafficked women

by Hagar USA, which supports the work of Hagar International
May 18, 2012

Good Days and Bad Days.

Woman at Hagar Vietnam
Woman at Hagar Vietnam

There are good days, and there are bad days...when you work in recovery.  For 3 years, Agnes Lam has lead our Vietnam office. Even after years of serving traumatized women, some cases still feel overwhelming. This week, a young woman was referred to Hagar Vietnam with an extremely complex background of abuse.  Here's a raw glimpse of what it's like to work in the field from Agnes:

"Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse. It did. We've recently been referred a very severe case of a young woman from the countryside.

  • She is deaf and mute.
  • She has never been to school.
  • She cannot read or write. She does not know sign language.
  • She was raped several years ago by a stranger. 
  • She had a baby as a result. Fortunately, her baby is ok.
  • She was infected with HIV/AIDS.
  • She has not been accessing health care and has not been taking Antiretroviral medication (to treat her HIV infection).

Cases like this are haunting. For me, it brings up so many questions about humanity and spirituality.

Where do you even start?"

This case illustrates the growing number of severely abused and trafficked women and children who are coming into Hagar's care in Vietnam. Clients are becoming younger and younger. In a county where few services are available, there is great need for Hagar to serve not only more women, but also young adults and children.

Because of your support we've been able to help many women journey towards recovery, healing, wholeness. Thank you. 

Read another recent exert from Agnes blog, "10 things I learned about human trafficking."


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Hagar USA, which supports the work of Hagar International

Location: Charlotte, NC - USA
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Project Leader:
Catherine Sherrod
Director of Development
Eau Claire, WI Cambodia

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