He has lived the American dream and returned home a hero. But parts of Youk Chhang’s life are beyond healing even three decades after escaping the hellholes of Cambodia.
Youk, head of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-CAM), has been conferred the Ramon Magsaysay award for his “monumental task of documenting and memorializing genocide to serve the aims of judicial redress, national reconciliation and collective healing.”
Genocide is a big word and sometimes used carelessly amid national, ideological and ethnic conflicts. Not in the case of Cambodia.