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In mid-1984 I was assigned by Patriot newspaper where I worked on a monthly retainer to cover the first ever Vietnamese troop withdrawal from Cambodia, then called Kampuchea. The assignment also allowed me to spend time in both Vietnam and Cambodia as guest of the respective governments.

I ended up spending almost a month there, most of the time in Cambodia. Though it had been 5 years since the Khmer Rouge regime had been overthrown, the scars of their savage social engineering project that resulted in a genocide that eliminated more than 2 million Cambodians was still very much evident everywhere. The resulting work, a portrait of a country recovering from years of genocide, led to my first photo exhibition “The Survivours: Kampuchea 1984” and a book with the same title published by Patriot Publishers. 

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