Archive

Research Focuses on Muslim Women Under Khmer Rouge

An estimated 500,000 Cambodian Muslims died under the Khmer Rouge, through overwork, starvation or execution.
An estimated 500,000 Cambodian Muslims died under the Khmer Rouge, through overwork, starvation or execution.
Men KimsengVOA Khmer

Cambodia’s women Muslims are increasingly embracing their own identities, as the minority group as a whole struggles with the impacts of the Khmer Rouge, according to new research.

“Cham Muslim women were cut off from the traditional roles of taking care of their households and children,” Farina So, a researcher at the Documentation Center of Cambodia, told “Hello VOA” on Monday.

So has now completed four years of research and compiled a book, “The Hijab of Cambodia: Memory of Cham Muslim Women after the Khmer Rouge,” soon to be released.

“When they were deprived of these roles, it affected them not just socially, but religiously and racially as well,” she said. “Because their religion states that as mothers and wives, their role is to bring happiness to the family and then they will be blessed.”

Under the Khmer Rouge, Muslims were forced to break major tenets of their religion, including eating pork and frequent prayer. Some complied, but others practiced their religion in secret.

So, who began interviewing Muslim women in 2007, said she had encouraged women to describe the woes of the past.

“Speaking out about one’s bitter experiences, or sorrow, is difficult, but it provides one with long term healing,” So said.

So said she had learned through her research the Khmer Rouge had made obvious attempts to eliminate minority groups like the Muslims, the majority of whom are of the Cham ethnic background. Up to 400,000 Chams died under the regime.

However, Cambodia’s Muslims are now healing over time. They are getting over what they see as a “nightmare,” So said, and are working to rebuild their communities.

“We have seen that Cham Muslims tend to embrace their religious identities, rather than their racial one,” she said.

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

Click on the photo to go to special page.

Click on the photo to go to special page.

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Expelled Environmentalist Remains Optimistic About Mother Nature Cambodiai
X
23 April 2015
Spanish outspoken environmentalist Alex Gonzalez has expressed his hope that some of those who visit Areng Valley will become activists to protect Cambodia’s remaining natural resources. Alex, who has been banned from entering Cambodia, is touring the US to seek international support and a way to go back to the country. VOA Khmer Men Kimseng interviewed Alex while he was in Washington DC.

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.
You've Got To Be Kidding (Movie: Bedtime Stories)i
X
01 December 2014
You can say, "What? You lost your passport? So, you're stranded in a foreign country, where you don't speak the language and you don't know anyone? You've got to be kidding me, right?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video You've Got To Be Kidding (Movie: Bedtime Stories)

You can say, "What? You lost your passport? So, you're stranded in a foreign country, where you don't speak the language and you don't know anyone? You've got to be kidding me, right?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
Video

Video All Thumbs (Movie: Minority Report)

You can say, "I was 'all thumbs' this morning when trying to tie this tie - I kept making mistakes and just couldn't figure a way to pull it together." What does it mean? Watch here.
Video

Video Carry Out (Movie: Jane Eyre)

You can say, "He has many strong qualities as a leader and under his leadership I think he will successfully 'carry out' the new mission and vision for this company." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
Video

Video A Wake Up Call (Movie: Limitless)

You can say, "The visit to the doctor was definitely 'a wake up call' for him. The heavy drinking, smoking, and partying every night needs to stop." What does it mean? For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Save Face (Movie: Just Go With It)

You can say, "I can't believe he's not accepting responsibility for his mistakes. To 'save face' he continues to make excuses for himself." 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 >>>