Half the Sky

Srey Neth Character Analysis

Srey Neth is one of two Cambodian women whom Kristof bought as slaves in order to free. Once freed, she first opened a shop that failed due to a raid by resentful male family members, then received training at a hair salon. After a long saga toward independence, including a misdiagnosis of HIV, she finally established a stable life with a loving husband, a child, and a career as beautician.

Srey Neth Quotes in Half the Sky

The Half the Sky quotes below are all either spoken by Srey Neth or refer to Srey Neth. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
The Oppression of Women  Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Half the Sky published in 2010.
Chapter 2 Quotes

Rescuing girls from brothels is the easy part, however. The challenge is keeping them from returning. The stigma that the girls feel in their communities after being freed, coupled with drug dependencies or threats from pimps, often lead them to return to the red-light district. It’s enormously dispiriting for well-meaning aid workers who oversee a brothel raid to take the girls back to a shelter and give them food and medical care, only to see the girls climb over the back wall.

Related Characters: Nicholas D. Kristof (speaker), Sheryl WuDunn (speaker), Srey Neth, Srey Momm
Page Number: 35
Explanation and Analysis:

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Srey Neth Character Timeline in Half the Sky

The timeline below shows where the character Srey Neth appears in Half the Sky. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
The Oppression of Women  Theme Icon
The Complexity of Aid Theme Icon
...With an interpreter, he interviewed two young women under the guise of hiring them, Srey Neth and Srey Momm. (full context)
The Oppression of Women  Theme Icon
The Complexity of Aid Theme Icon
Solutions to Address the Oppression of Women Theme Icon
Neth is a thin teenager in tight jeans and a pink t-shirt, nervous at being in... (full context)
The Oppression of Women  Theme Icon
Universal Benefits of Women’s Empowerment  Theme Icon
The Complexity of Aid Theme Icon
Solutions to Address the Oppression of Women Theme Icon
Neth was welcomed back by her family, and opened a village store, her dream, while American... (full context)
The Oppression of Women  Theme Icon
The Complexity of Aid Theme Icon
Solutions to Address the Oppression of Women Theme Icon
Neth and Momm illustrate, the writers argue, that many women live a blurred line between slavery... (full context)
The Oppression of Women  Theme Icon
The Complexity of Aid Theme Icon
Solutions to Address the Oppression of Women Theme Icon
Meanwhile, the authors write, Neth’s flourishing shop led to more competition in her village. But worse, men in her family,... (full context)
The Oppression of Women  Theme Icon
Universal Benefits of Women’s Empowerment  Theme Icon
The Complexity of Aid Theme Icon
Solutions to Address the Oppression of Women Theme Icon
A young, educated suitor fell in love with Neth, and she fell in love with him. They soon began a loving marriage, but she... (full context)