Those We Have Lost

Chan Oudom, 24: Cambodian student pursuing internship

Killed while studying abroad in a kibbutz, October 7

Chan Udom (Courtesy)
Chan Udom (Courtesy)

Chan Oudom, a 24-year-old Cambodian student who was studying in Israel, was killed in the Hamas offensive against southern Israel on October 7.

According to the Khmer Times, Oudomwas a third-year student at the faculty of veterinary medicine at the Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh, was taking part in an internship on a dairy farm at a kibbutz in southern Israel.

Relatives said he had only arrived in Israel two weeks before the deadly Hamas onslaught.

Prime Minister Hun Manet offered condolences to his family.

In an interview with a local news site, Oudom’s mother described him as “a gentle person who learned to love animals from a young age, and likes to treat animals.”

“He was a hard-working, diligent and caring human. Always achieving the top marks in his class,” wrote Evan Penn, whose family helped sponsor Oudom’s studies, on Facebook.

“Oudom wished no harm to anyone, he wasn’t Jewish or Israeli yet he was the victim of indiscriminate hatred and violence,” wrote Penn.

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