Never again? : genocide in Cambodia
Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Examines the problem of refugees and the Khmer Rouge in Vietnam-occupied Cambodia (Kampuchea).
Following the collapse of the American-backed government in 1975, Cambodia fell under the brutal rule of Pol Pot and the Cambodian Communists, the Khmer Rouge. Over the next four years Cambodia was a nation gripped by fear and death, as more than one million people lost their lives to executions or famine in what the United Nations called the worst genocide to take place since Nazi Germany. In 1978 Vietnam launched a full-scale invasion of Cambodia, driving the Khmer Rouge from power. At first Cambodians greeted the Vietnamese as liberators, but soon it became clear that the only focus of the Vietnamese-installed puppet government, which renamed the country Kampuchea, was advancing the national interest of Vietnam, and not rebuilding the war-torn country. In the aftermath of the Vietnamese invasion the Khmer Rouge remerged as part of a tripartite coalition fighting against the Vietnamese occupation. With civil war raging and Cambodian society in taters, hundreds of thousands of refugees fled the fighting and hunger, creating massive logistic and political problems for Cambodia's neighbors. In this episode, Elizabeth Becker of the Washington Post and Vietnam expert Al Santoli discuss the Vietnamese-installed regime in Phnom Penh, the situation on the ground in Cambodian refugee camps, and the American interest in resolving the Cambodian conflict.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Cambodia; Cambodia -- History -- 1975-1979; Cambodia -- History -- 1979-; Genocide -- Cambodia; Cambodia -- Politics and government -- 1975-1979; Cambodia -- Foreign relations -- United States; Human Rights; Kampuchea; Pol Pot; Khmer Rouge; Cambodian-Vietnamese War; See Anok; Hun San; Cambodian Genocide;
Asia; Southeast Asia; Cambodia; Vietnam;
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