This week marks the 35th anniversary of the genocide in Cambodia. Ironically, it also falls on Cambodian New Years and Easter Sunday. I attended a prayer service this past weekend to remember the family members who were killed. For Cambodians around the world, there's not a family left untouched by death, starvation, disease and slavery. As I've learned through the years, it is the story of our people--of darkness and beauty.
Elders chant to the souls of their beloved.
A little girl deep in prayer.
Two palms brought together in prayer.
A list of deceased family members being burned to commemorate their loss.
The hand of an elderly accepting flowers as a gesture of forgiveness.
Incense burn as two ladies leave hand in hand in the distance.