Cambodia: Orphans Bereft of Answers 40 Years After the Khmer Rouge

April 14, 2015 3:07 AM

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Cambodia: Orphans Bereft of Answers 40 Years After the Khmer Rouge

Here are the things Miika Thoeun Gove knows about her Cambodian origins: A woman claiming to be her grandmother said she couldn’t take care of her. An orphanage took her in. The U.S. Embassy arranged for an airlift to California.

By the time the Khmer Rouge took control of Phnom Penh on April 17, 1975, Miika had been safely shuttled out, but her identity remained trapped inside. In Cambodia, Pol Pot’s brutal regime set about systematically dismantling all existing systems — killing an estimated 1.7 million people in pursuit ...

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