Thin Em – Cambodian refugee to Australia 1986

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Cambodia to Sydney
Thin Em’s hometown in Cambodia was repeatedly bombed during the civil war. He escaped in 1985 at the age of 12. For almost two years Thin Em lived in a United Nations refugee camp in Thailand. A Vietnamese family looked after him. They had a relative in Australia and Thin was sponsored to migrate with them. He arrived in Sydney in 1986.

Thin Em interview produced with the assistance of the Powerhouse Museum’s NSW Migration Heritage Centre.


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