Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 2009.

When the Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom Penh on April 27, 1975, it sparked a three-day exodus of the entire population of 2 million people into the countryside. Theary’s father was a military commander and was executed soon thereafter. Her mother fled with the children and was killed in 1978, when Theary was seven year old. She was saved and evacuated to a Thai refugee camp and then to America where she grew up and went on to become a lawyer, returning to Cambodia where she started the Center for Social Justice. “We are all basket-cases. Underneath the surface of every Cambodian is a broken heart.”