Cambodia's darkest hours engulfed the country on 17 April 1975, when the Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh. As the city was systematically emptied, the Pol Pot leadership, through ANGKA, or 'the Organization' as it became known, launched an experiment to create a classless, harmonious, agrarian society. Over one and a half million people died in that attempt – every family in the country bore the scars.
This book tells the story of the nation’s loss at the hands of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. With eyewitness accuracy and a sensitivity stemming from years of living and working with the Cambodian people, David Mead speaks tells less of material loss than of the untold damage inflicted on the psyche of a nation, damage reflected in the way Khmers now think, speak, and act.
It will take a generation, perhaps longer, for the disfigurement of mind inflicted by the Khmer Rouge to heal and for the country to produce young leaders who can speak without fear, from the heart. Here is David Mead’s inspiring and deeply felt contribution to that process.
Ebook: 54 pages
Published in 2012
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