Christina Noble's story is one of bravery and resilience in the face of deprivation and abuse on a scale most would find unimaginable. Her childhood in the Dublin slums barely merits the name: after the early death of her mother the family is split apart, their alcoholic father unable to care for them. Christina is abused and later escapes from her orphanage only to become destitute on the streets of Dublin, where at the age of 16 she was brutally raped. Later, driven to near insanity by overwork and a violent husband she finds in a dream the will to fight back. Yet this is no vision of luxury and self-indulgence; instead Christina's hope lies in a determination to work among the street children of Vietnam. And here the most extraordinary part of her story begins, where destitute children swarm and the rich turn a blind eye. Against all the odds, she provides sanctuary to these needy children, giving them both safety and schooling. And to this day, Christina is a staunch campaigner for children's rights. 
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