Khmer Rouge

At Monument for Lost and Fallen Journalists, a Confrontation with the Past

Marjolaine Caron, daughter of photojournalist Gille Caron, held a vigil at the stupa on Thursday. This was the first time she has come to Cambodia since her father disappeared, on April 5, 1970.          Marjolaine Caron, daughter of photojournalist Gille Caron, held a vigil at the stupa on Thursday. This was the first time she has come to Cambodia since her father disappeared, on April 5, 1970.
x
Marjolaine Caron, daughter of photojournalist Gille Caron, held a vigil at the stupa on Thursday. This was the first time she has come to Cambodia since her father disappeared, on April 5, 1970.
Marjolaine Caron, daughter of photojournalist Gille Caron, held a vigil at the stupa on Thursday. This was the first time she has come to Cambodia since her father disappeared, on April 5, 1970.
Kong SothanarithVOA Khmer
PHNOM PENH - Former foreign correspondents have built a stupa in Phnom Penh to commemorate colleagues who were lost to the Cambodian civil war.

The memorial is engraved with the names of 37 journalists who were killed or disappeared between 1970 and 1975. Among them are Americans, Australians, Cambodians, New Zealanders, Japanese and others.

Marjolaine Caron, daughter of photojournalist Gille Caron, held a vigil at the stupa on Thursday. This was the first time she has come to Cambodia since her father disappeared, on April 5, 1970.

“This is the first time that I came here and dared to confront Cambodia,” she said, after meditating before the stupa on Thursday.

“He was a brave colleague and photographer,” said James Pringle, a former bureau chief for Reuters in Phnom Penh and Saigon. 

Caron disappeared while covering the conflict near Bavet, in Svay Rieng province, near the Vietnam border. Marjolaine said she had found photographs related to his disappearance and had decided to come here.

The Cambodian civil war was extremely dangerous for journalists at the time; the insurgency had no set battle lines, and safes zones shifted regularly. More journalists were killed in the brief span of the Cambodian conflict than in the war in neighboring Vietnam, Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said. Many journalists were killed or disappeared in the early stages of the war, before they learned how to more safely cover a conflict that culminated in the rise of the Khmer Rouge.

In all, about 120 foreign correspondents covered the conflict. Many stayed at Le Royal, now a Raffles hotel, near Wat Phnom in the capital. They would travel out of the city to cover the conflict each day, returning in the evening.

“Every day, from the Royal Hotel, we counted the people who went out in the morning, and we counted when they came back, to make sure that everybody was there,” Pringle said. “And not every day did all of the correspondents come back. Sometimes they disappeared forever.”
Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Protesters Clash With Police Outside Premier’s Homei
X
18 August 2014
Hundreds of housing rights protesters and evictees clashed with security forces outside Phnom Penh on Monday, leaving at least nine people with minor injuries. The clash was one of the first since major violence over Freedom Park in the capital in July. Protesters gathered outside the National Assembly Monday morning, hoping to deliver petitions of grievances, but when no one came out to accept the petitions, they decided to march on the suburban home of Prime Minister Hun Sen, in Kratie province, just outside the capital. There, they clashed with security personnel. VOA's Khmer Suy Heimkhemra reports from Phnom Penh.

English with Mani & Mori

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Doze Off (Movie: Hairspray)i
X
25 August 2014
You can say, "I don't know why, but every time I eat 'prahok' (Cambodian anchovy) I find myself 'dozing off' all the time." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to facebook.com/voakhmer or www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Doze Off (Movie: Hairspray)

You can say, "I don't know why, but every time I eat 'prahok' (Cambodian anchovy) I find myself 'dozing off' all the time." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to facebook.com/voakhmer or youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.
Video

Video Scratch Someone's Back (Movie: Batman Begins)

You can say, "Yeah sure, I can get you a job at CNN easily. Now, if 'YOU SCRATCH MY BACK, I'LL SCRATCH YOURS'." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Wild Goose Chase (Movie: Inside Man)

You can say, "The policeman was sent on a 'wild goose chase' to find the killer. All the clues that were given to him turned out to be false." What does it mean? Watch here.
Video

Video Let Bygones Be Bygones (Movie: The Social Network)

You can say, "I know he hurt you, he gave up on you, and that broke your heart. But that's the past, you have to 'let bygones be bygones." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
See more >>>