Sunday, May 23, 2010

Free at last

A quiet moment for Bou Meng at tonight's book launch at Monument
It was a bit of a rush but I made it to Monument Books after spending the afternoon at Olympic Stadium watching Cambodian Premier League football, in time to hear most of the speeches by Huy Vannak and especially Bou Meng, during the launch of the new book from DC-Cam, Bou Meng: A Survivor from Khmer Rouge Prison S-21. It was well attended with the cameras from CTN elbowing for space with a bevy of photographers and radio journos and a good sized audience. Bou Meng, a diminutive figure in his hat, said he felt "free from the past after publishing the book" and was "very happy my story will be told. In the past I am a victim, now I'm a teacher to tell my experience in DK time. This is my goal in publishing the book," through a translator. Huy Vannak, a former researcher with DC-Cam and now news director at CTN, began his work on the book in 2003 after hearing Bou Meng was still a survivor of S-21, and not dead as feared, but had disappeared for the previous 23 years. Bou Meng was happy to sign copies of the book after questions had been fielded from the audience, with a smile and a new sense of freedom.
Bou Meng and Huy Vannak (right) are responsible for the book published by DC-Cam
Bou Meng fields questions from radio and television reporters at tonight's book launch and signing

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2 Comments:

Blogger Anna said...

Hi, Just saw a reference to Huy Vannak and Bou Meng's book on the PPPost and would like to find it. Google and Amazon aren't much help as of today, 24 May. Can you help me find out where the book is being sold?

Much obliged,
Anna, a Cambodia follower from Iceland

May 24, 2010 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Well at the moment its only available from Monument Books and maybe DC-Cam direct, but if you contact William Bagley at Monument Books, Norodom Boulevard, Phnom Penh, he should be able to help. They have a website. I don't think it will be stocked by Amazon anytime soon.
Andy

May 24, 2010 at 10:12 PM  

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