MARYVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) Betty Asha was raised an orphan in South Sudan. In her village, it was custom for young girls to have arranged marriages to older men. Betty did not want to go down the traditional path, breaking the rules of her tribe.

“I looked at it as something not good for me,” said Asha. “I tried to resist it, so as a result of it I got into beatings.”

While in South Sudan, Betty met an American named Chris Hurley who was in the region with a team of missionaries. Hurley, a Maryville native, just wanted to help make a difference in a country going through a devastating civil war.

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