About fifty Cambodian-Americans in the Washington, DC area on Friday, April 17, 2015, held a candle vigil for those who died under the Khmer Rouge regime and to mark the 40th anniversary of the notorious takeover of Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge.
April 17 will mark the 40-year anniversary of the Khmer Rouge takeover of Phnom Penh. Among the throngs of people forced to evacuate the city was VOA Khmer’s Poch Reasey, who recently traveled back to the capital and the house where he grew up, to prepare this video report.
Cambodian-Americans this weekend welcomed the Year of the Goat. At the Wat Kampuchea Krom temple in Nokesville, Virginia, Cambodian residents celebrate the Khmer New Year with others from the community with Buddhist chanting, music, dance, fellowship and offerings of Cambodian food. VOA Khmer's Sok Khemara reports from the temple, located in the greater metropolitan area of Washington DC.
Born in Battambang, Cambodia, Oun Leuth had a normal childhood. But when the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia on April 17, 1975, his life was turned upside down. Leuth is now a K-9 trainer with the U.S. Secret Service, which protects the American president.