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Month: July 2019

His own way

At 6am, Bi stumbles out of bed, washes his face, quickly gets dressed and rushes out of the Blue Dragon shelter on his way to the hospital. Bi first came to us last year, turning up in Hanoi lost and alone. He’s 16 now, and as he tells the story he came to the city to find his own way. After his parents divorced, Bi lived with his father, who seemed to resent his presence and made Bi aware of it every day. At times Bi would go to stay…

There is always hope

In any given week, Blue Dragon receives calls for help from girls and women who may have been trafficked just a few days ago, or maybe have enslaved for several years. Last week, one of the more exceptional cases came to us as a matter of extreme urgency: A woman named ‘Thuy’, now 43 years old, had been trafficked and sold into China when she was just 19. In all these years, nobody ever thought they would see her again. They knew that Thuy had left her home in Nghe…

The fight we have to have

With kids coming and going from the Blue Dragon centre every day, I try my best to get to know everyone so I can call them by name when I see them and make them feel at home. But there’s one group of young people who pass through the centre who I rarely get to know at all: the girls and young women who have come back from sex trafficking in China. Without exception they are amazing people – they have survived something I cannot imagine, and their escape from…