Sunday, May 23, 2010
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.