Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Diplomat documents life under KR

Diplomat documents life under KR

Years of violence

A new book detailing the atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge era was launched yesterday in Phnom Penh, even as the ruling Cambodian People’s Party and opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party are engaged in a war of words over infamous torture centre Toul Sleng.

The book – titled The Death Regime – features a picture of Tuol Sleng on its cover and details the account of Long Kem, a cadet officer for an engineering division during the Lon Nol regime.

Kem was among those marched out during the exodus of Phnom Penh and became chief of cabinet of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the Khmer Rouge regime fell in 1979.

He is currently Cambodia’s ambassador to Kuwait.

Like other survivors, his account is one that is riddled with loss – Kem’s brother Lengsreung perished because of the harsh conditions they had to endure.

While Kem was not present at the book launch held yesterday at the Club of Cambodian Journalists, the book’s editor, Chhay Sophal, editor-in-chief of the Cambodia News website, told reporters that the book was a “priceless” account.

“This book is a special and rare document because it was written by a [local] survivor,” he said. “So far, many of the books about the regime have been written by foreigners.”

The Death Regime was published last month and 6,000 copies in both Khmer and English are currently on sale at bookstores.



Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Turkish Embassy calls for closure of Zaman schools

With an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Erdogan quashed only days ago and more than 7,000 alleged conspirators now under arrest, the Turkish ambassador to Cambodia yesterday pressed the govern

CNRP lawmakers beaten

Two opposition lawmakers, Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Sakphea were beaten unconscious during protests in Phnom Penh, as over a thousand protesters descended upon the National Assembly.

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Students at Phnom Penh's Liger Learning Center have written and published a new book, "The Cambodian Economy".