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Kampot Holds Buddhist Ceremony for KR Victims

Locals near former Khmer Rouge military bases hold a Buddhist ceremony Thursday in Kampot province, for the thousands of victims who were killed during the Pol Pot regime.

Nearly 170 people attended the spiritual ceremony, held at Phnom Vor Mountain.

The ceremony also paid tribute to over a dozen of people died in a train ambush along Cambodia’s southwestern coast 10 years ago.

During that time, three foreign backpackers were also kidnapped by former Khmer Rouge fighters and were later killed three months after the abduction.

Former Khmer rouge leaders Sam Bith along with his accomplishes Nouon Paet and Chhouk Rin were convicted for their role in the killings. Now, they are currently serving life prison sentences in Cambodian prison.

Julia Shand, a staff at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, says that the ceremony is important because it’s a reminder to the world of the tragedy that occurred over a decade ago. As well, she hopes that the ceremony is able bring national reconciliation and justice to the Khmer Rouge victim’s families.