Three decades after the great refugee escape and The Last stronghold of the Khmer Rouge
by Frans Welman
In Cambodia, Anlong Veng the last stronghold of the Khmer, the differences between a country, Cambodia under totalitarian rule and the renewed vigor of life are under the magnifying glass as the author tries to find out what moved the leaders of the brutal revolution to exterminate so many of its own people. Into the heart of its last stronghold Anlong Veng he finds friendly and amicable people who talk openly. The connection of the Cambodian people with their glorious past, Angkor Wat Complex, he also puts under the microscope in an effort to find out if that past anchored in the psyche of its people provided the fertile ground for such extraordinary contemporary out of human bounds, no limits, oppression; this in the light of the author’s first encounter with fleeing Cambodians to Thailand where he met them by the thousands and was moved to tears more than three decades ago.
- booksmango, March 2014
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