It was a beautiful Sunday morning, a day where after a long week of work, we'd like nothing more than to relax with our friends and family, head off to the movies, and organize dinners and social events. Of course, for the One Body Village Vietnam family (Nhip Cau Hanh Phuc), we had other plans: To travel to the Thai Thien Parish in Dong Nai province, and give a seminar on basic sexual education, and prevention of child sex abuse.
Leaving at 5.30 in the morning from district 1, our group of 5 arrived at the Thai Thien Parish at 8.15am. Father Bao and the Youth Group leaders, Sunday School teachers had worked hard in the month leading up to this event to ensure a good turn out. The kids were divided into two age groups: the 6-12 year olds, and the 13-18 year olds.
Our family home came across a case of two sisters, both sexually abused. The stories that they would tell you are sometimes too real, too heinous, too evil to believe.
Let's start off with a brief introduction to our family:
Most of the girls here are as young as 2 and 3 years old and range through to prepubescent years, about 11 or 12. Disheveled hair, sweat dripping off every crevice from playing and running in the sun. One child sits with a head full of lice. One child tries to hide the evidence of her nightly bed wetting problem, but the stench of urine in her clothes, her bedding, herself...it doesn't go away. The bulk of the girls come from poor families, all of them underweight with darkened skin from the harsh Vietnam sun. Their clothes are ripped, faded, stained. They look like typical street kids. The kind you see lingering at the markets, in the alleyways of the ghetto, by the rice fields.....
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An old article...
Father Joseph giving a short speech.
On June 2011, OBV and the Bridge to Happiness Center opened a new office in Nguyen Van Dau, 11th ward, District Binh Thanh in Ho Chi Minh City. Attendees of the opening ceremony included OBV and Bridge to Happiness Center members and 50 guests and collaborators.
At 6pm, the blessing ceremony was performed by Father Joseph Xua of My Chanh and Vinh Long. Everyone joined in prayer for the new office to become a place of love. Through the works of everyone in the office, that love will spread to everyone around, particularly those who are helped by OBV and the Bridge to Happiness Center, and those continue to live in unfortunate realities and unhappiness.
An old article...
The Bridge to Happiness Center (OBV VN) initial media tour plan didn't include Truong Gia Mo Middle School. It was added at the last minute (89 minutes before departure) based on a sudden request from the head of the Bridge to Happiness Center. Many of the teens here have been lured into the world of drugs and prostitution, which eventually lead to dropping out of school. For that reason, the Board asked us to come speak with them.
So Quynh Ngoc (OBV Manager), The Khanh (Project Manager), Dr. Duy An (President), Nguyen Van Binh (Director) speaking with the audience.
The group left at 6:30AM from Can Tho, and after over 3 hours of travel, we finally arrived at the destination. Surprisingly, even after we arrived nearly 30 minutes late, the teachers and students were there waiting to greet us. A TV reporter from the local Chau Doc news was also there. Our apologies were reciprocated with a warm applause from the audience.
an old article...
Heading to Western
Receiving the news from a coordinator, there were two sisters who were in OBV's case in Western of Vietnam, four of us arrange our work in order to go for
11h30, everybody gathered on 3/2 street, then we headed to Western. The weather was so hot, but suddenly it rained slightly, it made the atmosphere in the afternoon less moggy
Everybody passed by a shop on pavement to have lunch. Then we continued our journey
An old article...
(source: Tuổi Trẻ)
With intense emotion, the OBV VN staff and supporters attended a fundraising event, "The Journey of Thien Nhan," held at the Army Theater on the evening of June 23, 2012.
The horrific tragedy Thien Nhan suffered shortly after his birth generated approximately 3,300,000 results on a simple search on Google. Five years ago, Thien Nhan was abandoned in the jungle by his mother before being found after 72 hours. The newborn was mauled by wild animals, he lost one leg, and his genitals were badly savaged. Just when everything seemed hopeless for Nhan, fate smiled upon him: he was adopted by the journalist Mai Anh. In an effort to make the boy whole again, Anh had taken Nhan to numerous medical facilities. They finally found Dr. Roberto De Castro, one of the world's renowned doctors in the field of reconstructive surgeries, who agreed to reconstruct Nhan's sex organ.
A British man is facing multiple life sentences for numerous sex crimes against Malaysian children which he boasted about on the "dark web".
Richard Huckle, 30, from Ashford in Kent, admitted the offences against victims aged between six months and 12 years, from 2006 to 2014.
It is believed Huckle abused up to 200 children.
His sentencing hearing began at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, and is expected to conclude on Friday.
The 91 charges related to 23 children from mainly poor communities in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
He admitted 71 of the charges, and the prosecutor asked that the other counts "lie on file".
Huckle, a freelance photographer, was arrested at Gatwick Airport by National Crime Agency officials in December 2014.
Alaska resident Jason Jayavarman was sentenced to 18 years in prison for attempting to sexually exploit children in Cambodia over a period of years and attempting to arrange a child sex tourism trip there for himself and others.
A tip to police from a concerned citizen in Anchorage, Alaska led to an FBI investigation that stopped a sexual predator from victimizing children in Cambodia—and landed the offender behind bars for a lengthy sentence.
In March, a federal judge sent 45-year-old Jason Jayavarman to prison for 18 years for attempting to sexually exploit children in Cambodia over a period of years and attempting to arrange a child sex tourism trip there for himself and others.
"Natalie is now a 21-year-old mother with a toddler and another baby on the way. She is part of a major lawsuit against Backpage.com, the highly controversial online classifieds site that is currently being investigated by the U.S. Senate for its alleged connection to underage sex trafficking."
We thought Baby C would need to start all over again, in terms of learning the rules of the house, 'please' and 'thank you', and all her ABC's and 123's. We were expecting a big task ahead.
But perhaps this time round, Baby C is no longer the baby of the house. This time, with her own little sister L (5yrs), and another survivor at only 3 years old...she has immediately jumped into the role of big sister.
It has been heartwarming to see Baby C -- oops! I mean, Little Miss C!-- take on a role of responsibility. From helping L bathe, to checking her hair for head lice...and even voluntarily picking up a cloth to wipe down all the outdoor benches and tables because "all the other sisters are cleaning and I haven't been given a job"...it is truly amazing to see a girl once completely helpless slowly blossom into a strong character.
And the best part? Previously terrified of learning, whenever we tried to get her to remember her ABCs, she would cry and throw tantrums....but yesterday, she came up and asked "when will you teach me to read again?"
Her future is bright.
(FB: JaXi Lin - May 2016)
Dr. Thanh-Tam Nguyen presented at Raise Foundation's 28th Annual Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Conference on Wed March 23, 2016 at University of California Irvine, CA
Sharon Behrens and her husband Bob adopted five children who are now grown. The youngest is Mia (24 years old), who came to them as an infant who had been brutally, sexually, and ritualistically tortured by her own parents. Her baby sister of twelve weeks was killed in front of her.
May 9 2013
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