Cambodian Deportees Down But Not Defeated

by KhmerLife on Feb 23, 2019

Cambodian Deportees Down But Not Defeated

On the way to a mountain about 100 kilometers (62 miles) southwest of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, a group of men are getting a crash course in the bloody history of the land to which they’ve been banished.

The Khmer Rouge atrocities they are learning about crystallize the hell their parents whisked them away from as young children decades ago on their way to refuge in the United States.

Today’s students are deportees - the children of Cambodian refugees who got caught up in the U.S. criminal justice system growing up and were deported as a result of felony convictions under a controversial resettlement policy.

Their history teachers - deportees trying to build new futures for themselves - say their class for the weekend trip is enlightened by the experience.

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