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December 1998


Cindy sat in the church service, weeping. She is only ten years old and life, it seems, has been very hard on her. Her father and mother were separated when she was only about six or seven, and she then lived with her father and younger brother in the streets. Her father made a living by selling cigarettes to customers in their cars at the nearby traffic lights. Cindy and her brother just fended for themselves. Their father would get drunk and then he would often beat them. Sometimes they stayed with their mother for a few days, but she is out much of the...

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