Two sisters in Cambodia have finally been reunited after 47 years — after thinking each other were dead.
Bun Sen, 98, had been living near the notorious Stung Meanchey dump in Phnom Penh, since losing her husband during the Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror in the 1970s.
Originally from the Kampong Cham province, 90 miles away, Bun Sen had been unable to visit her hometown due to financial and health reasons.
According to the BBC, “local NGO Cambodian Children’s Fund — which had been supporting Bun Sen since 2004 — helped to arrange a visit” and found out her sister Bun Chea, 101, and Bun Sen’s younger brother, 92, were still alive.
Last week the family was reunited.
“I left my village a long time ago and never went back. I always thought my sisters and brothers had died,” Bun Sen told the BBC. “To be able to hold my older sister means so much. And the first time my younger brother touched my hand, I started crying.”
Bun Chea, whose husband was also killed by the Khmer Rouge, also believed her sister had died.
“We had 13 relatives killed by Pol Pot and we thought that she had been too. It has been such a long time,” Bun Chea told the BBC. “We talked about her — But I never thought we would see her again.”