Being Cambodian means having your life touched by the Khmer Rouge. The regime was in power for only three years, eight months and 20 days, but was responsible for an estimated 1.7 million deaths, about a quarter of the population. The scars are visible forty years after his fall in January 1979. It is rare to meet people who have not suffered horror or who have inherited a family trauma.
How can you tell the story of a regime that has undone countless lives? in the When the clouds fell from the skyJournalist Robert Carmichael traces the story, which was capitalized by a single victim, Ouk Ket. In June 1977, Ket left his French wife and two small children in Paris to return to Cambodia. After nearly a decade abroad - as a student and then a diplomat - Ket had built a life beyond the ci...
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