Secretary-General, Cambodian Mine Action Authority, and Advisor to
the Prime Minister of Cambodia
Sotha and his wife Sony are survivors of the Khmer Rouge’s
brutal regime. Sam Sotha’s memoir, In
The Shade of A Quiet Killing Place, is an inspirational
story of faith in the couple’s four-year journey and survival through
the Killing Fields.
15 years of resettlement in the United States—where he became a leading
advocate for refugees and an active local political leader, whose
contributions have been recognized with numerous awards—Sam Sotha
returned to Cambodia in 1995. Ever since, he has devoted his life
to help reconciling his country to the past. As the Secretary General
of the Cambodian Mine Action Authority, Sam Sotha’s mission is to
clear Cambodia of landmines. He also serves as advisor to the prime
minister of Cambodia.