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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