> A Mothers Hug

> What if your mother sold you into a brothel at the age of 13? What if you were raped and since your virginity was now stolen you decided the only thing to do was to marry your rapist to save face ? What if you had to run away from a violently abusive man and had no one to turn to? What if you were living on the streets and the only way to get a roof over your head was from a Madam who owed a brothel? What if you were taken from your family's village into the city with the promise of a job

to help your family only to find out that you are now living in a brothel and your virginity is being auctioned off to the highest bidder? What if your husband sent you out to work in a brothel ad held your children with your mother-in-law as hostages? Many of the women we are working with have been violated and oppressed in every way possible and do not know a simple mothers hug. Oh-but they do now. With so many mothers and a grandmother on this trip we spent many an afternoon after making jewelry hearing their stories and loving them with a mothers hug. What a joy to be a blessing in this way. Many cleansing tears were shed and we will be forever changed by meeting these amazing strong and brave women.

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