To find you and bring you home was already hard but to raise you to be a good, thoughtful and loving person who will be able to contribute to society is an even harder task. It was a problematic morning that caused so much stress in the office, and then to receive your call in the afternoon:
A product and appreciation
During the summer activities at OBV, the children have demonstrated great abilities in embroidery through the skills they have learned from a volunteer visiting from Canada and today is the debut of the first finished product. We invite you to listen to T’s sharing throughout the creation process of the art piece.
The indefinite stories about the funny moments of the children at the house
“Ahhhhh, Daddy’s home, Daddy’s home, Sister!” – The loud yells of the children shocked the Sister in charge, SIC. “Daddy’s home?”, without getting any special notices, Sister IC was only informed that a visitor would come to visit the OBV house; thus she had just prepared the several necessities for the visitor to the house.
My dearest daughters,
I write to you in this quiet and empty space, waiting for your return. At this very moment, your “aunts and uncles” of the house are working really hard to find the kids with broken lives just like you to bring them here.
Written by Father Martino Nguyen Ba Thong
After the first five articles were released, I received "complaints" that the stories of this journey have not been as interesting as those of my previous trips! Goodness knows I am not a mystery writer writing a best-selling thriller! The purpose of my trip was not to find subject matter for a new story full of suspense and excitement; my articles are a collection of little anecdotes of occurrences throughout my journey.
March 1, 2008
Since 2000, I have been collecting stories and experiences from our work in rescuing, rehabilitating, and supporting young women and children from the cycle of sexual abuse and sex trafficking. These stories have been troubling, trying, and downright agonizing, but these are stories that need to be told. These are stories that need to be heard.
“I’m Not Stepping Foot into a Church”
After more than three years of working with One Body Village in Cambodia I’d like to believe that I’ve built a foundation of trust, not only among the girls who we’re trying to help, but also among the pimps, and among the guards who were paid to follow us and “keep an eye” on the girls and make sure that I didn’t try to help them escape.
“Purchasing My Virginity”
Nga was not one of the “lucky” few who were actually intoxicated or drugged. After being bought, the predator took her into the bedroom and raped her. She resisted vehemently. She cried, screamed, and even tried to scratch and claw, but her resistance was met with threats and abuse. The predator then tied her hands and feet to the four corners of the bed and stuffed her mouth with a towel.
More than half of a lifetime!
I don't remember my hometown. I just know that I was born in Vietnam, where there are lots of rice fields. In 1996, when I was nine years old, a lady brought me to Cambodia to be a waitress at a coffee shop. It turns out that I wasn't brought here to be a waitress. I was brought here to fulfill the sexual desires of customers. I was passed back and forth between pimps and brothels. Since that time, my life has been a living hell. I had no contact with my family or the outside world.
Conclusion – Be their Voice!
It is with much regret to relay to you the fact that these stories are just the tip of the iceberg. I have many more stories to share. For the time being, these three stories are enough to convey the painful experiences of these poor girls.