Thursday, 7 May 2015

People of Adelaide – Sophie, The Human Rights Advocate

Story 8

She was born in Cambodia during Civil War when most of the population, urban and rural, were involved in a horrible massacre. There were hundreds of thousands Killing Fields where collectively more than a million people were murdered and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime. Sophie escaped the country and stayed in a refugee camp in neighbouring Thailand. She still remembers bomb attacks and scream of people losing their families.
She had to drop out of school to start helping her family. She raised cattle and worked hard on a farm from sunrise to sunset. Sophie organised a fair trade business and helped Cambodian farmers to sell their crops. She dedicated her life to solving problems of homeless people, drug and alcohol addicts, domestic violence victims and refugees.

Now Sophie is going to be a professional social worker and become committed to social justice. She will be working with people to support them through difficult times and ensure that vulnerable ones, including children and adults, are safeguarded from harm.

Look at Sophie. She lived out tough times, she faced a war, she helped distressed people. But she could withstand all hardship and stay joyful, bright and sunny person. Every time I see Sophie, she is laughing, she’s smiling, she is loving everyone. With all my respect: Sophie, you are amazing!


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