The year began with rubber bullets and evictions, and ended by being branded the worst year in a decade for respect of human rights in Cambodia.
[This story originally published April 17, 2010]
Correspondents recall their experiences documenting Cambodia’s civil war.
On November 15, 1992 the head of the U.N. Transitional Authority in Cambodia (Untac) announced in his report to the U.N. Security Council that Untac was giving up on trying to disarm the country’s political factions.
Ly Chan Long could not recall just when it was that he first tried to quit heroin on his own. He had been using for three or four years, and his first attempt soon failed. Dates were still hazy. But he had no trouble remembering what it felt like.
[This story was originally published March 23, 2012]
Chanthul felt darkness fall over her face. Sy Ten became dizzy and asked for some Tiger Balm to dab on her head. Sovanny’s head ached and she almost vomited. Srey Pov’s hands and feet went weak and floppy, then she felt the world fade away.
[This story was originally published January 14, 2010]
Stung Trang district, Kompong Cham province – Twenty-five years ago today, Hun Sen was appointed by the Cambodian National Assembly to become, at 33, the youngest prime minister in the world.
SHAN STATE, Burma – Bordeaux and the Loire Valley are not what one immediately associates with the Shan highlands of eastern Burma.
[This story was originally published July 24, 2010]
Stung Trang district, Kompong Cham province – Hen Soeun bears none of the visible wounds typical of the victim of an explosion, not the severed limbs or mangled flesh. But her scars are as real as those of the more than 60,000 Cambodians killed or injured since the 1979 fall of the Khmer Rouge by the millions of unexploded shells, rockets, bombs and landmines that still litter this land.