The Gate

Francois Bizot worked in Cambodia as a young Frenchman in the 1960s and 1970s.  An ethnologist employed by the Angkor Conservation Office, he restored ceramics and bronzes from the temples and researched Buddhism.  He lived in a village near Angkor Wat with his Cambodian partner and their infant daughter when, in 1971, he was captured … More The Gate

On Difference

One of the leading practices of the Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 and 1979 was a program of racial “purification” which manifested as an assimilation policy with genocidal massacres.  They began with the Vietnamese ethnic minorities, none of whom appear to have survived within Cambodia, as they were either murdered or fled into Vietnam, where … More On Difference

Chickens on the Beach

The Hot Season has arrived in Cambodia and it’s a scorcher.  Today will be 36C with 60% humidity and 0 chance of precipitation despite thick clouds weighing the sky down.  That makes for a very sticky time and after a warm but comfortable couple of months, my Many Sweats have returned.  The MSF “zero contract” … More Chickens on the Beach