Former Khmer Rouge leader among Cambodia’s new Christians

Over the past few years a growing number of Cambodians have turned to Christianity and left Buddhism. For UCANews I went out to find them.

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Sok Sophon was a battle-hardened Khmer Rouge commander when he found Jesus.

The now 63-year-old Cambodian was visiting a refugee camp, when a wounded soldier gave him a Bible. At first he was reluctant but did take it.

Then after reading from the Bible the officer of the Pol Pot regime got interested and visited a church service. “I remember who the first time I made a detour to get to the church,” he says. “I didn’t want people to know. I felt ashamed for going there.”

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