— by Shira Laucharoen: “You get deported, you feel like you lost. You don’t know what to do. You feel like you left something behind. It’s a horrible feeling, being deported.”

So narrates Thy Chea, a Cambodian refugee, who had lived in Lowell with his family, before he was deported by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. The camera cuts to scenes of strife in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Chea was sent to stay there for eighteen months, until his case was won, and he was able to return home to Massachusetts…

Image courtesy of Brian Redondo