“[I] have hope that justice will be done,” Emilia said. “Hope is the last thing you lose. We have to believe that this is going to get better, even if it feels impossible, even though it’s something inhuman. It will be fixed. It can be solved.”

Helen* was 6 years old when she was first abused by her neighbor. She needed to take a bathroom break from playing with her 3-year-old sister Emilia.* So she walked along the dirt path that weaved between piles of bricks and lumber to the ravine they used. In the stillness, she sensed a man approaching her from behind.

He was 30 years old with wild hair and hands that were cracked and covered in cement. He said and did things to her that she couldn’t make sense of at the time.

He warned her not to tell her parents, but a child can only hold in such a dark secret for so long. Her mother pressed her for answers, and Helen confirmed her parents’ worst nightmare: their neighbor was abusing Helen and Emilia—over and over again.

When their parents went to the station to report him, they were told the crime didn’t seem that serious. With no money to pay anyone to get justice and protection for their daughters, they grew desperate for help.

But justice and protection aren’t only for the wealthy. Because of these gifts, IJM could take on their case free of charge and spend years tracking down their neighbor to finally secure a 12-year prison sentence.

By covering basic court fees and putting an excellent lawyer on their side, you can ensure more children like Helen and Emilia get the justice and protection they deserve too.

“[I] have hope that justice will be done,” Emilia said. “Hope is the last thing you lose. We have to believe that this is going to get better, even if it feels impossible, even though it’s something inhuman. It will be fixed. It can be solved.”

 

* A pseudonym

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