Mardi Seng was 10 years old when the Khmer Rouge took over Phnom Penh. Mardi and his family were forced from the city to live as farmers in the countryside. They survived four years of slave labour and terror, including five months in a prison camp.
Survivor of the Genocide in Cambodia, Denise Affonço, and her family were forced from the capital Phnom Penh to toil as slave farmers for four years. Her husband was taken away by the Khmer Rouge, never to be seen again, and her daughter died of starvation. This testimony is an extract from her book, 'To the End of Hell'.
9 December is Genocide Prevention Day, marking the anniversary of the UN Genocide Convention.
On 26 July 2010 following a trial that lasted for nine months Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Comrade Duch, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for his role in the Genocide in Cambodia.
On 24 June 1900, Raphael Lemkin – the man who coined the word ‘genocide’ – was born. Lemkin was deeply saddened by massacres of the past and was affected by genocide himself when his own family were murdered during the Holocaust. He dedicated his life to getting genocide officially recognised as a crime by nations across the world.
Each year on 20 June, the world celebrates World Refugee Day. This day recognises and celebrates the contribution of refugees to society across the world.
Refugee week takes place every year around World Refugee Day on 20 June, and celebrates the contributions of refugees to the UK.
In 1984, the Cambodian government declared 20 May a National Day of Remembrance, to commemorate the victims of the genocide in Cambodia that took place between 1975 and 1979.
On 17 April 1975, Khmer Rouge forces entered Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia and defeated the ruling Lon Nol Army.
On 7 January 1979 Vietnamese troops seized the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, toppling the brutal regime of Pol Pot and his party, the Khmer Rouge.