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Father Gives Up Search for Son Lost in Protest Crackdown

It has been nearly two weeks since Khim Soeun has seen his son Khim Sophat, a 16-year-old boy caught up in demonstrations earlier this month. Earlier this month, the family held a funeral for him in Svay Rieng province, but Khim Souen did not give up hope of finding him somehow in Phnom Penh. On Wednesday, Khim Soeun said he was giving up and returning home. Khim Sophat, whose nickname was “Pig,” was among at least five people killed in crackdowns on demonstrations on Jan. 3. “I have looked for him in many hospitals and pagodas, but I have not found him,” his father told VOA Khmer. (Khoun Theara, Phnom Penh)