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Genocide, Cambodia's Mass Casualty Trauma

The Cambodian genocide occurred from 1975 to 1979, resulting in the death of approximately 2 million people (one quarter of the population). The regime, known as the Khmer Rouge, formed an agrarian communist government that forced city dwellers into the countryside to work on collective farms. During the regime, under the leadership of Pol Pot, Cambodian intellectuals were targeted and the infrastructure was dismantled. A major impact of the genocide is apparent in the high prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). National healing efforts are evident in the ongoing UN/Khmer Rouge (KR) tribunal, which currently has five senior Khmer Rouge leaders in custody. The tribunal, begun in 2006, is a joint venture between the Cambodian government and the United Nations.

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