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Family of Late Kem Ley Holds Ceremony to Honor His Memory

The family of Cambodian activist Kem Ley holds a Buddhist ceremony in remembrance of their "hero" as his widow and five sons journey to an undisclosed country. VOA Khmer's Sok Khemara reports.
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Two side-by-side portraits of social analyst Kem Ley are on display at his hometown in Takeo province, Cambodia, July 02, 2017. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)
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Two side-by-side portraits of social analyst Kem Ley are on display at his hometown in Takeo province, Cambodia, July 02, 2017. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)

Bou Rachana, the widow of the murdered Kem Ley, is pictured with her five sons, July 2, 2017. (Sok Khemara/VOA Khmer)
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Bou Rachana, the widow of the murdered Kem Ley, is pictured with her five sons, July 2, 2017. (Sok Khemara/VOA Khmer)

Bou Rachana holds her youngest son, Kem Virakbot, July 2, 2017. (Sok Khemara/VOA Khmer)
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Bou Rachana holds her youngest son, Kem Virakbot, July 2, 2017. (Sok Khemara/VOA Khmer)

A statue of Kem Ley is displayed in front of a painting that depicts the scene of his death at Caltex gas station last year, Takeo province, Cambodia, July 02, 2017. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)
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A statue of Kem Ley is displayed in front of a painting that depicts the scene of his death at Caltex gas station last year, Takeo province, Cambodia, July 02, 2017. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)

Phok Se, the elderly mother of the late Kem Ley sits on a bamboo bed at her hometown in Takeo province, Cambodia, July 02, 2017. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)
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Phok Se, the elderly mother of the late Kem Ley sits on a bamboo bed at her hometown in Takeo province, Cambodia, July 02, 2017. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)

Cambodian citizens participate in a commemorative ceremony at Kem Ley's hometown in Takeo province, Cambodia, July 02, 2017. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)
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Cambodian citizens participate in a commemorative ceremony at Kem Ley's hometown in Takeo province, Cambodia, July 02, 2017. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)

Kem Virakbot, at 9 months old, smiles for the camera, as his mother, Bou Rachana, talks to VOA Khmer's reporter Sok Khemara, July 2, 2017. (Sok Khemara/VOA Khmer)
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Kem Virakbot, at 9 months old, smiles for the camera, as his mother, Bou Rachana, talks to VOA Khmer's reporter Sok Khemara, July 2, 2017. (Sok Khemara/VOA Khmer)

Kem Vesnamano and Kem Vesnamane are seen watching videos on their iPad tablets, July 2, 2017. (Sok Khemara/VOA Khmer)
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Kem Vesnamano and Kem Vesnamane are seen watching videos on their iPad tablets, July 2, 2017. (Sok Khemara/VOA Khmer)

Supporters of the late Kem Ley come to pay their respects at a commemorative ceremony in his hometown in Takeo province, Cambodia, July 02, 2017. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)
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Supporters of the late Kem Ley come to pay their respects at a commemorative ceremony in his hometown in Takeo province, Cambodia, July 02, 2017. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)

VOA Khmer's reporter Sok Khemara interviews Bou Rachana, in an undisclosed location, July 2, 2017. (Sok Khemara/VOA Khmer)
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VOA Khmer's reporter Sok Khemara interviews Bou Rachana, in an undisclosed location, July 2, 2017. (Sok Khemara/VOA Khmer)

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