Chheng’s story is so powerful. Her messages about kindness and hope, and taking time to understand the consequences of trauma (individual and collective), are crucial reminders of our obligation to care for each other.
I sincerely hope more people have a chance to read her story about trauma and resilience. Her eloquent words can touch so many hearts. I’m grateful that Diane Lefer and Chheng have given me permission to reblog this post.
The images of Syrian refugees in the news made Chheng break her silence and remember what she prefers not to think about: surviving the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the atrocity carried out against refugees by the Thai Army, and the challenges of resettlement in the US. I am grateful to her for speaking and being willing to share this. I learned from her and was inspired. Read her story here.