Education can help heal national trauma, halt atrocities: Cambodian genocide survivor

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.

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