Category Archives: Khmer Rouge

January 7th 1979, Cambodia. Victory over Genocide Day

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Last week we celebrated Victory over Genocide Day, with 7 January, 1979 being the day that the Vietnamese military overthrew Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime in Phnom Penh. Here are some photos that we stumbled across, believed to have been taken…

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The pastor and the monster

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Christopher LaPel’s father was a Brahman priest serving Cambodia’s king in his role as the earthly incarnation of the god Vishnu. Imagine the shock and horror, therefore, when one evening at dinner he saw a cross hanging around his son’s…

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King Norodom’s Head – a book review

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I want to make one thing perfectly clear: under no circumstances will I mention Cholon Duck. Never. I know why you’re reading this, and I’m not going to give you the satisfaction. You’ll get not a word about Cholon Duck…

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The Executioners

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Here is the big question: how and why did a Buddhist nation produce one of the 20th century’s worst genocides, and one which is marked by so many horrific instances of cruelty and savage violence? A whole chapter in my…

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Pheng’s escape: A Khmer Rouge ghost story

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When we come to the place there are twenty of us, they have our names. The chief of the Pol Pot talks to us, he says the Organisation will provide us each a white suit today. I know this means a cloth for the dead. They start to call us in to the room, one at a time. They don’t want anyone to see, they not want anyone to know. They kill with the ax and the knife. Continue reading

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