Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Khmer essay winners

Khmer essay winners

Khmer essay winners

Winners of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) and Khmer Writers' Association

(KWA) first annual essay contest were:

1st Heng Sophanna, Phnom Penh, My love's shadow;

2nd Chhou Sophea, Kampong Cham, Why was I imprisoned;

3rd Um Suphany, Phnom Penh, When we reunite;

4th Mey Monyrath, Koh Kong, Shadow of the past.

The four received cash awards. The winning essays will be published in the April

issue of DC-Cam's monthly magazine, Searching for the truth. All 43 entries will

be published in a forthcoming DC- Cam book on the experiences of victims of the Khmer

Rouge.

The contest was open to survivors of Democratic Kampuchea who are living in Cambodia

and abroad.

You Bo, President of KWA, said it was the first time that DC-Cam had cooperated with

KWA in conducting an essay competition for Democratic Kampuchea to remind people

of what happened under the killing regime. Bo said he wanted survivors to submit

their narrative essays to record history for the next generation.

Huy Vannak, researcher at DC-Cam, said the next essay contest has opened and will

be judged in April 2005.

Heng Sophanna, 52, the first winner said: "I didn't think about the competition,

just made notes to remind me what happened to my life in the past." She lost

her husband and two children.

Sophanna, who was born in Kampong Chhnang province, spent 20 years writing her 110-page

essay.

Um Suphany, 58, the third winner, said it was the sixth time that she has won an

essay writing competition. Her 189-page essay is the diary she kept describing the

factual events that happened every day under the Khmer Rouge regime, between April

14, 1975 and April 13, 1979. Suphany works as deputy chief of the conservation department

at the Royal Palace Ministry.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all