Harika's poor family subsisted for years and years. Her father was disliked by their neighbors, and one night several of them ambushed him and beat him severely with a cricket bat. The medical bills were too much for the family to handle. Despite everyone in the family taking on more work, they still couldn't make ends meet. So Harika went to the rock quarries to work. They didn't know that she'd never be let out.
In the quarry, Harika suffered from neglect and abuse. She developed sores all over her body and her skin cracked from the dehydration. The children in the quarry fought like animals over the meagre food which often left Harika going completely without food. Harika also saw the supervisors torment children that didn't finish their work by pouring scalding tea and beatings them with rods.
After over a year in the quarry, one of our field teams rescued the children from that place. Harika came to live at the Sylom Children's Home. Today, she attends school with girls her age. She is learning to read, and she loves the stories from the Bible. She gets good food and no one steals it from her. When she graduates, she would like to become a doctor.
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*The name used is a pseudonym to protect this child’s identity.