Rethy Chhem

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Born in Cambodia, Rethy Chhem aspired for France to study medicine. However, his father, insisting on fairness to each of his six children, sent Chhem instead to medical school in Phnom Penh. After the military coup in 1970, Chhem, like all medical students, became exempt from national service, but worked in hospitals under frequent attack, where doctors should be armed and ready to shoot. During the civil war, Rethy Chhem’s father was killed and. Chhem however continued through his degree. In 1975, with the Khmer Rouge uprising, Chhem escaped toRead More
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