Violence and Memorialization in Cambodia

Authored by: Savina Sirik , James Tyner

The Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138831186
eBook ISBN: 9781315736709
Adobe ISBN: 9781317567837

10.4324/9781315736709.ch32

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Abstract

It is summer of 2014 and Bopha sits patiently in her home. She is asked about the dark times, about the years of the Khmer Rouge. Between April 1975 and January 1979 Democratic Kampuchea—as Cambodia was renamed—was ruled by the Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK; better known as the Khmer Rouge). In less than four years, upwards of two million people died of murder, starvation, disease, and exhaustion. Many millions more were subjected to indiscriminate arrest, detainment, and torture.

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