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American journalist Nate Thayer sits bandaged in a hotel room on Oct. 15, 1989, in Aranyaprathet, Thailand, after he was injured in a land mine explosion. Thayer survived several brushes with death over decades covering conflict in Southeast Asia and was the last Western journalist to interview Pol Pot. He was found dead at his home in Falmouth, Mass., on Tuesday. AP hide caption

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In this photo provided by Cambodia's Fresh News, smoke rises as a fire burns Thursday through the Grand Diamond City Casino and Hotel near a Cambodia-Thai international border gate in Poipet, Cambodia. Fresh News via AP hide caption

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Lan Phu and young Lisa Phu at Six Flags Great Adventure in 1982 Lisa Phu hide caption

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Unlocking family history in 'Before Me'

It wasn't until Lisa Phu had her own child that she started unlocking her mother's history. In her new 5-part series called Before Me, Lisa asks her mother, Lan, the questions she should have asked years ago. Lisa tells us what she learned in getting to know Lan in this way.

Unlocking family history in 'Before Me'

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Bou Meng, second from left, former prison survivor, is helped into the courtroom before the hearings against Khieu Samphan, former Khmer Rouge head of state, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Heng Sinith/AP hide caption

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In this photo provided by Wonders of the Mekong taken on June 14, 2022, a man touches a giant freshwater stingray before it was released back into the Mekong River in the northeastern province of Stung Treng, Cambodia. Chhut Chheana/AP hide caption

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Local security personnel try to grab a banner from supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Heng Sinith/AP hide caption

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Sinet An, who was born with a disability, is the star of Cambodia's women's wheelchair basketball team, which celebrated their first win in an international tournament just before the pandemic hit. With Cambodia in lockdown, she hones her skills in virtual practice sessions from her home in Chuuok village in Kandal province. Above: a practice session on June 24. Cindy Liu for NPR hide caption

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Dr. Amir Khalil, a veterinarian from the international animal welfare organization Four Paws International, comforts Kaavan during his examination at the zoo in Islamabad, before leaving for Cambodia. Anjum Naveed/AP hide caption

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'He Will Be A Happier Elephant': Vet Describes What It Was Like To Rescue Kaavan

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Magawa, a rat that has been trained to detect explosives, was awarded the PDSA Gold Medal on Friday for bravery in searching out unexploded land mines in Cambodia. PDSA via AP hide caption

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Former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav appears in a courtroom of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in 2007. Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A view of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, from the riverfront of a temple complex outside the city. Michael Sullivan for NPR hide caption

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'Houses On The River Will Fall': Cambodia's Sand Mining Threatens Vital Mekong

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Fish broker Khout Phany, 39, (under umbrella) sits while fishermen bring their catch to be weighed in Chhnok Tru, a fishing village at the southern tip of the Tonle Sap lake where it meets the river. Michael Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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Leaders of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, (from left) Sam Rainsy, Mu Sochua and Kem Sokha, give speeches in Phnom Penh in 2014. Rainsy and Sochua now live in self-imposed exile outside the country, while Sokha has been jailed since 2017. Omar Havana/Getty Images hide caption

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A handout photo released by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on November 16, 2018, shows former Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea during his war crimes trial last year in Phnom Penh. Mark Peters/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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