Abducted Child Soldier Sayon Soeun to Host Q&A at The Legacy Project – Posted 1/20/15
The Legacy Project at County College of Morris (CCM) will continue its series on genocide this academic year when Cambodian genocide survivor Sayon Soeun conducts a question and answer session during the programâ€™s third event on the subject and first of the Spring Semester.
The program takes place on Thursday, February 12, at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Community Center, Dragonetti Auditorium, on CCMâ€™s Randolph campus, located at 214 Center Grove Road.
Abducted by the Khmer Rouge at the age of six, Soeun was exploited by the group as a child soldier in Cambodia. After having his family life and education stolen, he transitioned from an orphanage in a refugee camp to adoption by a loving American family.
After 35 years, Soeun made contact with brothers and a sister he assumed were dead. The film Lost Child â€“ Sayonâ€™s Journey documents his experiences returning to Cambodia to reconnect with his family and heal the wounds he suffered during the countryâ€™s darkest hour.
â€śWe are very pleased to welcome Sayon Soeun as special speaker for The Legacy Project,â€ť said Professor Michelle Altieri, one of three co-chairs of the Legacy Project. â€śSoeunâ€™s story is both heartbreaking and heartwarming, from his unthinkable trials at a young age to his healing journey.â€ť
This marks the third event on genocide. In November, The Legacy Project welcomed Holocaust survivor Maud Dahme. In October, a large audience attended a powerful event featuring guest speaker Eugenie Mukeshimana, a survivor of the Rwanda genocide and founder of the Genocide Survivors Support Network.
The Legacy Projectâ€™s first program took place in December of 2013 and focused on the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement. Soeunâ€™s appearance will mark the fifth program in the series.
The Legacy Project is co-sponsored by the Bridging Cultures Initiative and Diversity Committee at CCM and is co-chaired by Altieri, Communication; Professor Emily Birx, English and Philosophy; and Professor John Soltes, Communication.
For more information, please call 973-328-5469.
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Photo: Cambodian genocide survivor Sayon Soeun will be the guest speaker for The Legacy Project at County College of Morris on Thursday, February 12, at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Community Center, Dragonetti Auditorium.
Credit: The Gardner Documentary Group