The Laughing Doctor

SOK THIM

Sok Thim laughs when you ask about the day in 1975 when the Khmer Rouge came to his village in Cambodia and put an end to his medical education and his freedom. He laughs about the nearly four years he endured in a forced-labor camp, the decade he spent working with tuberculosis patients in refugee camps along the Thailand-Cambodia border. He laughs about the 20-hr. days he put in getting the NGO he co-founded, the Cambodian Health Committee (CHC), off the ground--the only work that was harder than Khmer Rouge re-education. The one thing Sok Thim, 48, takes absolutely seriously is...

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