When Sabin’s mother became physically paralyzed, his entire world went down. His parents couldn’t manage the new situation and ended up divorced. His mother, unable to make a living for Sabin and herself, decided to send Sabin to live with his aunt in Kathmandu. Sabin was just 10 years old when he arrived to the capital of Nepal.
Soon, Sabin was introduced to a 69 years-old French man by his aunt’s son. The foreigner was volunteering for a Child Protection Nepali NGO and he had been travelling from France to Nepal more than seven times to financially support vulnerable children.
The foreigner established a close relationship with the 10 years-old Sabin who eventually ended up one day in the foreigner’s hotel room.
Sabin was shocked when the French man started showing him porn pictures. When he sexually abused Sabin, the child was paralyzed.
This situation lasted for three years. The perpetrator threat Sabin to stop supporting his aunt and cousin if he talked so, the child was scared to death to share his nightmare with somebody.
Terre des Hommes’ partners in Nepal are constantly aware of these situations so when a local team spotted the perpetrator along with a minor boy, they followed the suspect and build up a rapport which was shared with the police.
Because of this coordination between Terre des Hommes’ partners in Kathmandu and the local police, soon was established that the suspect was committing a sexual crime against the child.
The suspect was arrested and Sabin was immediately supported by legal counselling and emotional and psychological care to start building self-confidence to help him reduce his feelings of guilt and anxiety.
Terre des Hommes works hard to provide quality services to child victims who are living in this very difficult situation. Testifying against their perpetrators is a hard step to take and, in such fragile emotional and psychological situation, children need all the support and help our specialized staff can provide.
So a team of healthcare and legal professionals conducted several home visits and provided counselling, necessary legal and case procedure information to the family before and during the trial period, testimonies and medical examination.
Prosecution of perpetrators and provision of services to vulnerable child victims is crucial to reestablish their lives and accelerate their reintegration.
When Sabin was referred to Terre des Hommes partner’s Care Center for long-term support he was really in need of help. “I went through suicidal thoughts many times, this program gave me new life.” he said months later.
“I went through suicidal thoughts many times, this program gave me new life.”
Now, Sabin is in a safe place. Happy with his reintegration process and protected to continue with his studies. While arrangements to provide an income generation activity to his family are taken and the court decides the future of Sabin’s perpetrator, Terre des Hommes and its partners in Nepal continue their fight against child exploitation.