Movies and books help Cambodia deal with its trauma

A new movie about the Khmer Rouge, recalling the atrocities and agony suffered under the regime, is going to be launched this weekend. For Deutsche Welle I look into how movies, books and education help Khmer Rouge victims to face their demons.

Foto: Ate Hoekstra

“Un Samboth was in her late twenties when life in Cambodia changed forever. The Khmer Rouge regime had just taken control of the country. Tens of thousands of people were forced to do hard labor. Others were taken away to be killed or died from starvation. “When we ran out of food, people started to disappear,” Un recalls in the nation’s capital Phnom Penh. “We were hungry all the time. We were forced to grow a lot of rice, but there was never enough food to eat.””

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