A story of a family, courage, and timeless love

In a different age, Katy Yehonala would be a Manchu princess. Instead, her childhood
is stolen in a gulag on the Siberian border during the bloodiest era of China’s
history. After two years, her family emerge from their brutal exile, bodies wasted
and their spirit unbroken. The twelve-year-old Katy knows destiny is guiding her.

The Diary of Katy Yehonala is a sweeping saga of three unforgettable women whose lives
were forged in the cauldron of history. Women who lifted their gaze beyond those times,
each to fulfil unique destinies.

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A KATY & CLARA YEHONALA MYSTERY a different world four thousand kilometres away,
two white SUVs slide quietly through the deserted backstreets
of a nondescript township called Krong Chey, a stone’s throw
from the border...

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Robert Barclay and The Sunlight Foundation

The Sunlight Foundation

The trafficking of children to paedophiles, some as young as four or five years old, is the vilest crime in our society. As Director of my own charity, The Sunlight Foundation, I work with other charities who are doing heroic work in Cambodia rescuing and restoring the lives of young children sold into this evil trade. These children are our children and we all have a responsibility to act.

The Tragedy of Cambodia

I have visited many places in Cambodia and seen first-hand the grinding poverty that feeds the trafficking of children for sex. The hardest question to answer is always: why? Why do mothers sell their daughter's virginity and why is Cambodia the centre of this monstrous crime? Read my story here to understand part of the answer.

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