Forty Years Post-Khmer Rouge, New Generation Returns to Cambodia

Decades after his parents fled the country following the brutal genocidal Khmer Rouge regime that would ultimately kill an estimated 1.7 million people, Ung left America – and all its comforts – to return to his family’s homeland of Cambodia, a country where poverty is striking, heat unrelenting, and cultural norms sometimes perplexing for those who are unaccustomed.


During and after the nearly four-year Khmer Rouge reign, several hundred thousand Cambodians fled, becoming refugees in faraway countries. In the U.S., many ended up in places like Long Beach, California, or Lowell, Massachusetts. Now, many of children of those who left are returning to their family’s homeland, eager to learn about a country, culture and history that has shaped them since they were born. (Words by Kristi Eaton, Multimedia by Nicolas Axelrod and Thomas Cristofoletti/Ruom/for NBC News)

Nicolas Axelrod and Thomas Cristofoletti are multimedia journalists based in Cambodia and associated with Ruom, an organic collaboration between photographers, journalists, videographers, and researchers, drawn together by a passion for social documentary work. – See more at:

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The chance to study abroad is a dream for many students. But it usually requires a lot of money, or an excellent academic record. Fei Ye met one group of students who travelled nearly 10-thousand kilometers to study. But they’re not doing it a conventional school. (by DJ Clark)

DJ Clark has over 20 years experience working with media organisations across the world as a journalist, trainer and multimedia consultant. He is currently Director of Photography for Assignment Asia, a new current affairs program for CCTVNews and a regular video contributor to The Economist. He is also course leader for the MA International Multimedia Journalism at Beijing Foreign Studies University (in collaboration with the University of Bolton, UK) and a lead tutor for the World Press Photo Academy.