How the silence will kill you

College student Daisy Niseyvichaka Var speaks about the lack of knowledge about the Cambodian Genocide shared amongst the youth within the Cambodian community in Lowell, Massachusetts. Check out her talk in her YouTube video.

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  1. I grew up with my mom sharing the stories from the KR years with me. I’m quite surprised when there are Cambodians who have no knowledge about that moment in Khmer history. For me, I took an interest in the stories and it definitely helped shape my life. However, it was also a battle for me to deal with my perception of my people, especially the leaders. I think what Daisy is doing is commendable and hope more is done to help teach/train Cambodians to do more for themselves and their community.

  2. Thank you so much! My parents were young when they survived the KR time, so I assume many of their memories are suppressed. My mother can tell me more about the refugee camps and her journey to America in much better detail than actually being in Cambodia and working in the labor camps. When I ask their older siblings, aka my Oums, they completely change the subject and tell me to not dwell on such a horrific past. My grandparents won’t even entertain the topic. These moments really fueled my yearning to know more and although it’s not easy, to me, it is worth it. I hope more Cambodians decided to learn about their roots and I am so glad that your family shared their stories. No one can express their pain but them.

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