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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The populace relied upon village monks who taught the principles of Buddhism
and not much else. The state had not a single ... Fortunately, most villages do
have a school now, and every region has its health clinic. But little else has
“I have seen that in remote villages.” With no education, the buyers, eager for this
new mobility, may not fully realize the implications until it's too late. “Then they
don't have enough land to feed themselves,” Colm said, shaking her head.
Village monks taught children that, after they left the pagoda school when they
were seven or eight years old, their only course was to make their life in the rice
paddies, as everyone in their family had done for generations. The two nations ...
“I remember our whole village was called out to watch the execution of a couple”
by the Khmer Rouge. “Nobody reacted. Everybody was passive. That is how you
survived. You pretend to be deaf.” Then, after the war, “people were hiding their ...
“At night men were sent out in many directions, to well-frequented places in
towns and villages,” Zhou wrote. “When they met people out at night, they snared
their head with a rope and took out their gall bladder by sticking a small knife into
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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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