Strangers in their homeland: the Khmerican Cambodians Trump deported

For many deportees, the United States had been home for decades. Now, they struggle to adjust to life in the country of their birth.

After four months in Phnom Penh, Sothy Kum still has more bad days than good. Nights, he says, are especially hard – when the tears come and he feels every bit of the 14,000km (8,700 miles) separating him from his family and the small Wisconsin town he calls home.

In Wisconsin, Sothy Kum, 43, has a wife, Lisa, whom he met in 2009. He has a business he shares with her, which was their livelihood, and a house in a cul-de-sac, which is nothing like the one-bedroom flat he sleeps in now in a neighbourhood he can’t name, in a city he has never known.

“Nearby the temple” is what he tells people when they ask where he lives.

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