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Justice and Healing: A Khmer Rouge Survivor’s Story

September 10, 2014
Written by Chanda Chann, ambassador at American Military University

I am a Khmer Rouge survivor. I fled the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia in 1975 with my mother. My father died shortly after Khmer Rouge seized the country and five days later, my one-year-old sister died from lack of food and medicine.

After nearly five years living in several refugee camps in Cambodia and Thailand, we finally reunited with relatives who had already fled to Thailand. At four years old, I witnessed barbarism, human suffering, mass killings, and living in the harsh conditions of concentration camps and refugee sites. In September 1980, our family resettled in Ft. Worth, Texas. We lived in assisted living for refugees for several years. I have lived in the U.S. since then.

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