Cambodian Refugees

Exactly forty years ago, in late 1979, Cambodia experienced the biggest refugee crisis in its history.
The radical Communist regime Khmer Rouge was toppled by Vietnam but put up stiff resistance.

Thousands of people fled the violence and ended up in provisional camps near Thailand. It was their first step in seeking refuge in places like the US. Meanwhile, they were trapped in a no man’s land.

Jock was among those refugees who were fortunate enough to escape the conflict and start a new life in the US. For the first time since fleeing his native country of Cambodia, he returns to the border area, the crime scene of his childhood.

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