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“This one was forced into prosti- Welcome Dr. Brian Talley! tution at eight years old. That one saw her mother run over by a train as they begged in a station. That one was forced to bury her baby sister after her mother killed the child, because she was not a boy,” Sister Sophy said. 8115 Market St. Ste 204 A I would leave Just minutes from Wrightsville Beach(910) 686-1869www.GrowingGrins.comI reachedinto my pocket.Whatever I had,dollars, rupees,fter the tour, behind. Prathyasha Bhavan was a very poor place. If it had not been for a little girl standing in the shadow of Sister Sophy, I would have given my donation, then climbed back into my air-conditioned car and returned to my air-conditioned life. The child was wearing sunglasses, and I needed to know why. Little Reena had been begging on the street with her mentally ill mother, Sister Sophy said. They were separated, and the beggar mafia kid- | Special Advertising Section | napped Reena. Sister Sophy removed the sunglasses. “They took her to their place, held her down hand and foot and with a darning needle gouged out her eye, so she would make a more pitiful beggar and bring them more money,” Sister Sophy said. Her tone was even, uninflected, the voice of a woman who had wit- nessed so much cruelty. I looked down into Reena’s upturned face: One eye was perfect and bright, the other a dull mass of dead tissue. By now I could barely breathe. Without hesitation, Reena returned my look with the most From left, Ryanne E. Drogos, Esq., Geannine M. Boyette, Esq., Lori A. Ingram, N.C. Certified Paralegal. beautiful and trusting smile I had The BoyeTTe Law Firm ever seen in my life. 616 Princess Street, Wilmington • (910) 251-9213 • www.BoyetteLaw.com Then one clear thought pushed all Domestic and Criminal Law, dealing with issues such as child custody and support,Geannine M. Boyette and her associate, Ryanne E. Drogos, practice in the areas ofspousal support, equitable distribution and divorce, DWI, and criminal and traffic-My mind was a jumble of emo tions — rage, pity and helplessness. others out of the way: Reena, you violations. Geannine also devotes a fair share of her practice to defending individuals against have had a horrible past. Somehow, the Department of Social Services. According to Geannine, “One of the things that is unique some way, I want to make your about our firm is that we remain sensitive to the fact that our clients are being asked to make decisions about important and often complex issues while under tremendous emotional future the best I can. distress. As a result, we are able to more effectively meet their needs.” That smile — that certain smile — 49 www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM


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