Sunday, March 3, 2013

Khmer Rouge & Ratner's In the Shadow of the Banyan

From last week's Voice of America article "$35 Million Budget Approved for Khmer Rouge Tribunal:"
International donors have approved the 2013 budget for the UN-back Khmer Rouge tribunal. Donors agreed on a budget of $35 million, about $5 million less than the court had asked for, court officials said Tuesday... The court is currently undertaking the trial of three former Khmer Rouge leaders—only its second case since its 2006 inception.

What was it like to live under the Khmer Rouge? To learn more about this terrible chapter in Cambodia's history, read Vaddey Ratner's In the Shadow of the Banyan:
For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the family’s world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of childhood—the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father. In a climate of systematic violence where memory is sickness and justification for execution, Raami fights for her improbable survival.

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