The sentencing of two former Khmer Rouge officials in Cambodia on Thursday was met with relief and renewed sadness in Long Beach’s Cambodia Town community, home to the largest Cambodian population in the United States.
Many of the residents there are refugees from Cambodia, where nearly 2 million people were killed during Pol Pot’s reign of terror from 1975 to 1979.
Khieu Samphan, 83, and Nuon Chea, 88, are the only two remaining Khmer Rouge leaders who survived to stand trial.
A U.N. war crimes tribunal found both men guilty Thursday of “extermination encompassing murder, political persecution, and other inhuman acts,” the Associated Press reported. They were both...