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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After a while, we came upon a big truck stacked high with sacks of rice, so we
followed it. The driver stopped in front of a crude shelter. Inside lay dozens of sick
and dying Cambodians, all wearing the black pajamas that were the communal ...
This is a nation so abundant that for all of time Cambodians have been able, as
people here put it, “to live by nature”—to grow rice, pick fruit, catch fish, and live in
homes built from nearby trees and vegetation. With all that plenitude there for ...
If this little girl lives true to the averages, she will leave school after the second or
third grade, as nearly half the nation's children do, and begin helping her mother
in the cornfields or rice paddies. Ten Keng's house is perhaps fifteen by twenty ...
Paul Mason, a social worker, has worked in Cambodia for nearly two decades,
and he recalls standing with a colleague beside a harvested rice field a few years
ago when the colleague stood on top of his car, looked around in every direction,
“The vast majority of rural poor consume only rice,” said Jean-Pierre de Margerie,
an earnest French Canadian who heads the World Food Program office here. A
diet of only rice, only starch, leads to stunting, wasting. “Seventy percent have ...
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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
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