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Clinical implications of Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide.

Dr Sotheara Chhim

Cambodians experienced appalling atrocities during the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979, when approximately 25% of its population died from execution, starvation, forced labour and torture. Thirty years after the collapse of the regime, many survivors are still suffering the after effects of trauma. Studies of the Cambodian diaspora as well as on survivors in Cambodia, show a high prevalence of mental disorders according to the DSM-IV or ICD-10 criteria.

Recorded at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
28 September 2011, New South Wales, Australia.

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Dr Sotheara Chhim

Dr Chhim is one of the first ten psychiatrists in Cambodia and is currently an Executive Director of the Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation (TPO Cambodia), a leading organisation that provides psychosocial and mental health care for traumatised Cambodians at the grassroots level.
Dr Chhim has been working in the mental health field for the past 17 years. He has a Degree in Medicine, a Medical Specialist Diploma in Psychiatry, a Master of Psychological Medicine and is currently completing his PhD at Monash University in Victoria.
In 2009 he was an expert witness at the Extra-Ordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) who testify on the psychological effects of torture and inhuman acts of the Khmer Rouge regime on Cambodian survivors. His organisation, TPO Cambodia, plays a very important role in assisting the ECCC in providing psychological and mental health care for civil party members and witnesses at the ECCC.

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