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posted 05/01/2012

Having people open up about atrocities that would make a normal person blanch can be difficult under any circumstance. Hearing the stories in translation underscores the complexities of understanding the effects of trauma on people from utterly different cultures. 

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Having people open up about atrocities that would make a normal person blanch can be difficult... more »
posted 05/01/12

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As Cambodian-Americans and children of refugees, Sin and Em carry a difficult legacy. Their families display many classic symptoms of PTSD.

Arun Va was a young man at the time and recruited by a Khmer Rouge cadre leader to accompany him and four women to travel to the lake. Today he almost shudders when he realized how narrowly he escaped becoming a killer.

Sath Om is the lone survivor. But each night she says they come to her: the spirits of her family asking for her help asking for justice.