Chhivorn never got along with his mom and step dad-that’s why he slept on the streets.
The foreigner found him there and invited him to stay with him and a few other boys. It had to be better than the streets, Chhivorn thought.
Over the next few months, Chhivorn suffered unimaginable abuse. You could see it in his face when he arrived at Hagar. He couldn’t make eye contact with anyone. He kept to himself. When he did interact with others, he lashed out at staff and bullied other kids.
It took months for Chhivorn to feel safe. As staff helped him prepare to testify in court, they noticed changes- small at first. He trusted people more and he started to have hope.
This confidence has driven Chhivorn to reconnect with his mom.
Slowly, their fractured relationship is healing and it is Chhivorn’s first steps in his journey home. As he rebuilds his relationship with his family, and the pain of his past becomes his voice for the future, Chhivorn gains the social capital he’ll need for integrationto be successful.
Hagar will be there every step of the way.
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