From the Killing Fields to the healing arts

Worcester — As the celebration unfolded before them, their thoughts drifted to the remarkable journeys that had carried them there.

One journey was a bloody nightmare that stretches back half a lifetime ago into the hellish Killing Fields of Cambodia, where a madman named Pol Pot emptied cities, banished religion, and abolished money in service of an agrarian utopia that left nearly 2 million dead.

The other has been pursued by the son of survivors of that fanatical Khmer Rouge regime, which between 1975 and 1979 had sought to purge intellectuals and businessmen and Buddhists.

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