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Seng Ty is a popular guy among students at Stoklosa Middle School in Lowell, where he's a guidance counselor. They have no problem saying so and go freely to him for advice about picking classes and transitioning in and out of middle school.
But it wasn't until they read his memoir, "The Years of Zero," that they understood all he had been through.
Forty years ago, he was seven years old living in Cambodia when the Khmer Rouge took over and he was caught up in the brutal genocide that killed 1.7 million people. He was the only one of his family to survive.
Despite all he's been through, Ty considers himself one of the luckiest people on the earth.
Seng Ty, author of "The Years of Zero" and guidance counselor at Stoklosa Middle School in Lowell
- "The moon would rise above the muddy Cambodian rice paddies just when Seng Ty thought he had nothing left in his body to pull weeds out."
This segment aired on July 1, 2015.