Children of the Cambodian Genocide
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It's hard to explain the feeling that one has walking through a mass grave. I've walked through mass graves in Cambodia, in Rwanda, and in other countries, and it never -- it's never something that you can get used to. It shocks you every time. In fact, you have nightmares every time.
I think the horror of it is probably most visibly expressed in the image that I have -- that I couldn't get of my head, in fact, for months after I was in Cambodia -- of a tiny skeleton with a Mickey Mouse t-shirt on it. I could only think, "How could anybody -- how could anybody do this?"
And my own children are Cambodian. We adopted Cambodian children. So, when I see those -- when I see those skeletons and I see those skulls, and I think of all of those children that could have survived, I think of my own children. And I think, "What a terrible crime." And it makes me so angry, and I want to cry out for justice. And that's why I have decided to spend the rest of my life fighting genocide, 'cause I think it's the worst crime in the world, and it has to stop.