By U. Sam Oeur
Translated by Ken McCullough
MINNEAPOLIS: COFFEE HOUSE PRESS, 1998
From 1975 to early 1979, until the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot began a savage program of “purification” during which approximately 1.75 million Cambodians, or roughly a quarter of that country’s population, lost their lives. Now, although Pol Pot has long been driven from power, and history has seen the collapse of the Khmer Rouge as a fighting force, ordinary Cambodians are still confronting the legacy of that horrific period.