Fumio Goto never imagined that he would end up helping to build schools in Cambodia when he first accepted refugees from the country in 1981.

Goto, a 71-year-old priest at Catholic Kichijoji Church in the city of Musashino, western Tokyo, has accepted 16 refugees — 10 boys, four girls and an elderly couple — at Cambodian House, which is set up within his church.

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