The Cambodian Association of Illinois is preparing for its annual Day of Remembrance, a moment of reflection for the survivors and victims of the Khmer Rouge. Phavann Chhuan, head of the National Cambodian-American Association, told VOA Khmer via Skype that the day of commemoration helps remind Cambodians in America where they came from as a way to help them overcome today’s challenges. (Sok Khemara, Washington)
The body of former Khmer Rouge leader Ieng Sary was cremated Thursday at a ceremony in his home village in a former Khmer Rouge stronghold. Columns of black smoke rose from the crematorium built in front of his small home in Dong village, Malai district, Banteay Meanchey province, as more than 1,000 people stood in attendance, most of them former Khmer Rouge cadre. The former foreign minister of the Khmer Rouge was facing an atrocity crimes trial when he died at age 87, in a Phnom Penh hospital on March 14. VOA Khmer's Kong Sothanarith has more from Banteay Meanchey province.