Providence City Council to Recognize the Week of April 17 as
Cambodian Genocide Remembrance Week
City Council President Sabina Matos (Ward 15) and City Council President Pro Tempore Michael J. Correia (Ward 6) co-sponsored a resolution which will recognize the week of April 17 as “Cambodian Genocide Remembrance Week” to commemorate the genocide of over two million Cambodians from 1975 to 1979 during the Khmer Rouge Regime.
“Rhode Island is home to nearly 13 thousand Cambodians, and as we just celebrated the Cambodian New Year, it seems fitting that we formally recognize and remember all those who were lost during the Khmer Rouge Regime,” stated Council President Sabina Matos. “As an immigrant, I know how difficult it can be to move to a new country where you don’t speak the language and likely don’t know many people. I can’t imagine what it must have been like for those 140,000 Cambodian refugees that came to the United States in 1979 after losing so many loved ones and leaving everything behind. Recognizing this week every year will be a reminder to take stock of all the sacrifices that were made by so many, and celebrating the contributions that the Cambodian community has made and continues to make to our city and state.”
The resolution calls for the week of April 17 to be recognized as “Cambodian Genocide Remembrance Week” in perpetuity to commemorate the Cambodian genocide that took place between 1975 and 1979, and in honor of this week the Cambodian flag will be flown over Providence City Hall.