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.
... and said, “Oh, by the way, we'd like you to go cover the Vietnamese invasion of
Cambodia and the refugee crisis. ... had seen a television clip about a Louisville
physician who was working on the Thai-Cambodian border, treating refugees.
treating refugees. Mather convinced the photo editor to send a reporter and
photographer there to write about this doctor and the larger story. This was 1979.
The Vietnam War had ended just four years earlier, but the convulsions it caused
Serendipity. We crossed the border and drove on, looking for refugee camps.
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
The lucky ones are the million or so Cambodians who escaped the grip of the
Communist Khmer Rouge, dodged gunfire from Vietnamese invaders and
trekked hundreds of miles with little or no food to sanctuary in refugee camps on
the Thai ...
... era have PTSD, borne of their traumatic experiences then. Watching as young
soldiers executed family members. Waking to find the person lying next to you
dead from starvation. In one clinical study of Cambodian refugees who came to
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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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