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096: Saherah Khan: Escaping an Imprisoned Life at 16

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A homeless population caseworker in the Washington D.C. area, 25-year-old Saherah Khan says that people tell her how they're surprised and shocked when learning about her past.  You see, Saherah explains she grew up in a mixed racial household--her mother is from Korea and her father is from Pakistan. When she was about to enter high school, her father told the family that they were going on a 2-month trip to visit his homeland. But even at 14, Saherah said it was apparent her father never intended to bring them back home. She said she felt like a slave and a prisoner.  She was forbidden to go to school and she wasn't allowed to be on her own unless she was fetching water for the house.  She describes her father as controlling, possessive and sometimes physically abusive. At one point it got so bad he pulled a gun out and threatened to kill her. After two years of living in a Pakistani rural village and learning she had been promised to marriage to a man in the village, she felt helpless and hopeless. But soon after, she learned there may be a way out.  At 16, she made a daring escape and returned home to her mother in the States. Today, Saherah is just starting to speak out about her experience with the hope to help inspire others that they too have a voice and can escape an abusive life.

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