A ‘History of Cambodia’ by the author of Year Zero

Father François Ponchaud, the celebrated author of Cambodia Year Zero – the first report of the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge that was published in 1978 – is this time in Phnom Penh doing some lectures about the history of Cambodia at the Catholic Social Communication Center.

Photo by CCC.

The conferences began last December 1 and will be hold until February 2010 in French and English by different schedules once per week.

Among the subjects of the lectures: Cambodia from the beginning to the French protectorate, the first Kingdom (1953 – 1970), the Lon Nol regime and the birth of the Cambodian Communist Party (1970 – 1975), the Kampuchea Democratic (1975 – 1979), the Popular Republic of Cambodia (1979 – 1989) and the second Kingdom of Cambodia since 1993 until now.

Fr Ponchaud is considered one of the renowned experts about culture and history of Cambodia. He has been a missionary priest since almost 45 years in the country. The conferences intend to give a historic context in order to understand better the civil war and the mass crimes.

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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

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