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Living Hell : Democratic Kampuchea, August 1978

Living Hell : Democratic Kampuchea, August 1978
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Price: $18.00
Availability: In Stock
Publish Year 2008
Author BERGSTROM Gunnar
Status In Print
ISBN 9789995060152
Publisher Documentation Centre of Cambodia
Average Rating: Not Rated
Book Format: Paperback (PB)
No. of Pages 108

Gunnar Bergstrom had not returned to Cambodia since he joined a delegation that toured the country thirty years ago. For fourteen days in 1978, Bergstrom and other members of the Swedish Cambodian Friendship Association undertook a “public relations” tour choreographed by the Khmer Rouge, whose intention was to use the Swedes to rally support for the Khmer Rouge from abroad -- particularly from other communist countries. During Bergstrom’s trip, Khmer Rouge cadres took him and the other delegates to Phnom Penh as well as Kandal, Siem Reap, Kampong Som, and Kampong Cham provinces. They saw hospitals, factories, and schools. They watched workers plant rice in the fields. They even had dinner at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh with Pol Pot and Ieng Sary, the Khmer Rouge leaders and masterminds of the carnage. But while the Khmer Rouge leaders “wined and dined” the Swedish delegates, turmoil roiled the rest of the country. Cambodian were overworked, starved and resigned to the wanton destruction of their country. Many were dying. After the Swedes returned home, they proclaimed that Cambodia was at the early, albeit imperfect, stages of creating a model communist society. They said communism would save the Cambodian people. It was not until Gunnar heard the stories of thousands of miserable refugees who poured into Thailand a year later that he realized he had made a grave misjudgment.
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