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> Cambodia: A Beautiful, Haunting and Heart-breaking Country
post Jan 31 2010, 09:26 AM
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I was reading an article on Cambodia, and when I finished I continued with the comments column as always.
The article is giving us the picture of Cambodia as it is today, but goes back and mentions moments of the past like this for instance which I copy here:

"Even now, you can see bits of bone and cloth poking up through the ground. Many of the mass graves have never been disinterred. But if you can't see the bodies, you can see some of the skulls. There are more than 8,000 of them, arranged by sex and age, behind the glass panels in a Memorial Stupa, created in 1988. Green mats next to it say (in English) "Welcome" and next to them are buckets of chrysanthemums"

The article is vividly giving us the pictures of what the writer saw but at the same time what she learned from those who were viciously tortured to death. This is what the person who read it commented:

It has been along time since I read an article that moves my my soul and spirit. I am reliving my parents and other survivors' nightmares when I am reading this. The author did an oustanding job of painting so vividly the pictures of what she saw and what she learned about those who were viciously tortured to death. My family survived the tragedy of the Pol Pot regime. Obviously, there were those who had it worse than us. We will forever mourn their suffering. We try to suppress our feelings and memories of that past, but it is hard.

Thank you for showing the beauty and darkness of Cambodia.


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