Documenting Cambodia’s dark past

Youk Chhang has devoted his life to exposing the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime.

The story of Youk Chhang is one of hope and grit at its best. As a genocide survivor, Chhang has a lot to share about what happened during one of the darkest crimes against humanity in Cambodia from 1975-79.

Chhang was nearly 14 years old when the Khmer Rouge regime committed its worst atrocities. When the radical communist group won the civil war in 1975, it marked the beginning of a dark chapter in the history of Cambodia.

Until the time the it was defeated by the Vietnamese forces in 1979, hundreds of thousands were tortured under the guise of bringing about a revolutionary transformation. Whole families died from execution, starvation, disease and overwork. Chhang’s family was one of them.

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