Cambodia's Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land
PublicAffairs, 2011 M04 12 - 416 páginas
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist describes how Cambodia emerged from the harrowing years when a quarter of its population perished under the Khmer Rouge. A generation after genocide, Cambodia seemed on the surface to have overcome its history -- the streets of Phnom Penh were paved; skyscrapers dotted the skyline. But under this façe lies a country still haunted by its years of terror. Although the international community tried to rebuild Cambodia and introduce democracy in the 1990s, in the country remained in the grip of a venal government. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel Brinkley learned that almost a half of Cambodians who lived through the Khmer Rouge era suffered from P.T.S.D. -- and had passed their trauma to the next generation. His extensive close-up reporting in Cambodia's Curse illuminates the country, its people, and the deep historical roots of its modern-day behavior.
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State Department officials didn't place much value on the testimony of refugees.
Who knows what their political motivations might be? What's more, refugees
generally know little more than what they are able to see happening in their own
Suddenly, all of these men were classified as refugees. Almost to a man, they
wanted to go home. “Everyone wanted to go back,” said Bay Sarit, who was a
lieutenant colonel in Lon Nol's army, stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, for
State Department officials were telling Coleman she should try to encourage
them to stay in the United States, “but they weren't saying that out loud” to the
refugees, Coleman said—nor were they saying what they knew about conditions
But Solarz had another aim: He wanted to go to the Cambodian border and talk
to refugees. “Of course, we knew ... That wasn't entirely true—Twining had been
sending refugee reports to the State Department for almost eighteen months.
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LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - zmagic69 - LibraryThing
Great book, providing a high level overview of Cambodia. From the rise of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, to Vietnam taking over the country in 1979, to the UN getting involved. The primary focus of the ... Leer comentario completo
LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing
Cambodia - one of the worst suffering lands in Asia, comparable in some areas only to Burma or North Korea. The author does a good job at chronicling the sufferings of the people - corruption, famine ... Leer comentario completo