Walking along the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan, Seil clutched a notebook to her chest.

At 11 years old, Seil had faced enough abuse. “My father was a long-distance bus driver, and when he came home he always drank, and then he’d beat my mom and brothers,” she said.

Seil constantly thought of ways to get her dad to stop his abuse, so she started to write a letter in her notebook, and she contemplated suicide.

“If nothing else will change his behavior, maybe my death will,” Seil thought.




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