I’m a survivor of genocide. Here’s what I found when I went back to Cambodia

For Cambodian Americans, April marks the Khmer new year. It's also when survivors of the Cambodian genocide remember the fall of Phnom Penh.

Sameth Mell and his family were among thousands who fled Cambodia. In Spring of 1986, through church sponsorship, they arrived in Seattle. This is his story, as told to Ruby de Luna. 

I was born in 1982, in a refugee camp in Khao-I-Dang, which is about 30 minutes away from the border of Thailand and Cambodia. All I remember is being on top of my father’s body when he passed away. He had died of leukemia. I was about a year old. That’s the earliest recollection that I still have in my memory.

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