Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Taking a rest

I'm back home but pretty tired so more on my trip to northwest Cambodia sometime tomorrow. However it was a great success and full marks to the Cambodia MSME/USAid project for a very well organized visit. Phare Ponleu Selpak, the circus in Battambang, was excellent and last night's homestay in Banteay Chhmar under the auspices of the local CBT group was good fun, despite the downpour that curtailed our visit to the temple on Tuesday. Waiting for me were a couple of emails from the States where two family members of Ly Eng (pictured) had written to say thank you for providing details on their long-lost brother and uncle, who I mentioned in a blog post in April as one of the many journalists that died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. He was the Cambodian journo that hid in the Monorom Hotel for two or three weeks after the Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh on 17 April 1975. He came out of his hiding place, found his old red convertible sports car and drove down Monivong Boulevard towards the main bridge, breaking through a few Khmer Rouge barricades. He reached the bridge but a group of Khmer Rouge guards sprayed him with bullets and he plunged into the river with his car. His family were unaware of these details of his disappearance and their emails were very touching as they felt that they now had some closure about his death. To be honest, I'm lost for words.

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