It’s hard to imagine a more harrowing forty years than what Cambodia has endured. In the 1970s, the brutal Khmer Rouge regime rose to power, turning the clock back to Year Zero and wiping the country’s government, religious, academic and civic leaders off the map. Following the genocide, Cambodia was immersed in civil war, and then, following a peace agreement in the early 90s, the UN was deployed to hold the broken and bleeding country together.

Today, crippling poverty, high rates of infant mortality and sex trafficking, a weak civil society, a government marred by corruption, inadequate infrastructure and an array of spiritual, emotional and psychological wounds reveal that the path of recovery from genocide and war persists, decades later.

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