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Ms. PO Dina, Civil Party Case 002 in Kampong Speu

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Ms. Dina was born on 29 November 1953 in Kaoh Dach Sub-district, Mukh Kampul District, Kandal Province. Now she is a widow, living in Kab Tuk village, Kandaol Dom sub-district, Chbar Mon district, Kampong Speu province. She is in the laundry business. Her parents, husband, son, and other relatives were killed during the Khmer Rouge regime.

Before 17 April 1975, her family consisting of her parents, brother, husband, and son, lived in Phnom Penh. She and her husband worked at the Thai embassy in Phnom Penh. When the Khmer Rogue took power, she and her family were forcibly transferred from Phnom Penh. Her living conditions kept getting worse. She was forcibly transferred from one place to another with no food or access to medical services.

In 1976, her brother's family and her father were separated from them to work in the Svay Doun Kaev cooperative, while her husband, her son, her mother, and her brothers worked in Kaoh Chum cooperative. Eventually, they disappeared without any information. Her husband was sent out of the cooperative and disappeared, and she assumed that he was killed by the Khmer Rouge.
In 1977, her son died of starvation. Later, she was told that her mother also died of starvation. After the liberation on 7 January 1979, she returned to Phnom Penh in order to find her relatives. She hoped that some may still be alive but she was not able to get any information. Her family's property had been lost, damaged, and destroyed. Until now, she lives in poor conditions, and life without her family is very miserable.

Remarks Related to Reparations and Non-Judicial Measures in Case 002/01:
Ms. Dina listened carefully during the talk about reparations in Case 002/01. Even though reparations will not pay back what she has lost, she is satisfied with the projects because they are a symbol to show the world and Cambodian people about the atrocities during the Khmer Rouge. Moreover, among the reparation projects in Case 002, she is most satisfied with the construction of the memorial for victims and the publication of the Civil Parties names in the verdict and in the ECCC's website.

Support of Victims Support Section (VSS):
In 2008, Ms. Dina submitted a Civil Party application to VSS through ADHOC organization. She recognized Ms. TY Srinna as a lawyer to represent her before the ECCC. She called to testify at the Trial Chamber of the ECCC on 30 May 2013. Through support from VSS, she often meets with her lawyer; participates in meetings, workshops, and hearings in other provinces and Phnom Penh; attends study tours to the ECCC; and has visited Toul Sleng and Choeung Ek genocide museum.

 
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