Genocide Archive Gets $5.8M to Expand Scope

The Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) has received a $5.8 million contribution from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to help it operate for another 20 years and expand its educational services beyond the Khmer Rouge genocide to document other human rights offenses in the region.

The U.S. government will add the funds to the archive’s endowment, which now totals $10 million, the center’s director, Youk Chhang, said in an email.

Mr. Chhang said the center was currently expanding its focus to promote human rights and democracy in Cambodia as well as in other Southeast Asian countries.

USAID has provided a majority of the center’s endowment, while Mr. Chhang said he had also invested with a New York investment group to generate a locked-in fund of $20 million.

“This will allow DC-Cam to implement her vision of memory and justice for the next 20 years,” he said. 

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