Category: Survivor Stories

Faizah Fought to Save Her Daughters from the Same Fate
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Faizah Fought to Save Her Daughters from the Same Fate

Meet Faizah, FGM Survivor from Uganda Faizah grew up in Sudan with the expectation that all girls would undergo female genital circumcision (considered widely as mutilation or FGM). In Faizah’s tribe, the procedure is a long culturally practiced method considered an induction into proper womanhood and is typically conducted on girls as young as five. Faizah was...

May 27, 2018August 30, 2018by
He Escaped “Slavery’s Last Stronghold” Only to Endure More Abuse as a Vulnerable Migrant
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He Escaped “Slavery’s Last Stronghold” Only to Endure More Abuse as a Vulnerable Migrant

Meet Yacoub, Survivor from Mauritania For years, Yacoub moved from country to country seeking reprieve and refuge. Mauritania has been called “slavery’s last stronghold,” with an estimated 17% of the population still living in inter-generational slavery. As a child of the Wolof tribe, a disenfranchised ethnic group, Yacoub was forced into punishing labor and street...

May 26, 2018August 2, 2018by
“Right now, PTV is my family. PTV is really hope for the hopeless.”
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“Right now, PTV is my family. PTV is really hope for the hopeless.”

Meet Rehema, Women’s Rights Activist from East Africa On any given day, you’re likely to find Rehema buzzing away at her newly donated Singer sewing machine. The intricate seam work and concentration she pours into every stitch helps drain the rampant energy she has stored and prevents her from lingering too long and hard on...

May 25, 2018August 2, 2018by
Transgender Woman Attacked as Salvadoran Police Refused to Help
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Transgender Woman Attacked as Salvadoran Police Refused to Help

Meet Adriana, Survivor from El Salvador Adriana grew up in Central America, a region which has one of the highest murder rates in the world due to endemic gang violence, but it is lesser known that it has the highest rates of LGBT violence in the world as well. Hate crimes against transgender individuals have continued to rise within a culture...

May 24, 2018August 2, 2018by