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Posted by Erin Moriarty Harrelson on April 24, 2015

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — By the end of the day, the lime green wall was covered with fluttering pieces of white copy paper, some with expressive drawings, others with words in Khmer script. Some of the paper was taped together in groups based on their thematic content. Tired participants sat in clusters, some checking Facebook, others chatting with friends from distant provinces they hadn’t seen in some time. It was a long but important day for deaf people in Cambodia.

On Tuesday, participants from three of the NGOs serving signing deaf people in Cambodia, Deaf Development ProgrammeEpic Arts and Krousar Thmey, gathered in a room in a large building around the corner from the entrance to S-21, the notorious Khmer Rouge prison. The purpose was a focus group to determine collective priorities for the next three years.

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