Kosal Khiev
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Refugee, prisoner and poet

Kosal Khiev was born in a Thai refugee camp after his parents fled the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia.

He grew up in the US after being granted asylum, and had joined a gang by the age of 13.

At 16, Khiev was involved in a shoot-out in which two people were shot and injured.

As a result, he was convicted of attempted murder and spent the next 14 years in jail.

On his release, he was deported to Cambodia, where he now lives.

While in prison, Khiev discovered poetry, and credits it with turning his life around. Here, he shares his poem Broken Chains.

  • 10 Feb 2014
  • From the section Asia
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