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Cambodia keeps lid on dark past

As Cambodia waits for a UN trial of Khmer Rouge leaders, educators leave out that chapter of history. Sok Jakrea, a high-school senior, knows a fair bit about the starvation and torture that the Khmer Rouge inflicted on her country. None of it is first-hand: She was born five years after the regime’s collapse. The stories come from her parents, who lived through one of the darkest chapters of Asian history. “It was very difficult for them to live in that time,” Ms. Sok says, resting between classes in a dusty schoolyard. “It’s good for students to know about the history of Cambodia, but they don’t want to know about the bad things.” Full Story

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