When I first watched this story from CCTV’s Barnaby Lo for Assignment Asia, I was touched by the sacrifices our main character, Darwisa Mibahar – better known as Sam – has made in her life. She has grown up shuttling herself between the resort area of Sabah in Malaysia – where she worked as an undocumented laborer – and her home in the Southern Philippines.

In this story, according to Sam, it’s her last journey home from Sabah. She has no plans to go back. But beneath it all, I couldn’t help but think, what must it be like to leave your best friend? Or to reunite with your family after such a long time away? This is a story that has so many layers and emotions. It’s amazing to be able to follow Sam’s journey home.

We hope you enjoy this episode.