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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Photojournalist Dith Pran, Cambodian Genocide Survivor, Passed Away

Dith Pran, Killing Fields witness and survivor, passed away (NY Times).

He worked for NY Times in 1975, to cover the fall of Phnom Penh to the Communist forces. He could not leave then Cambodia and was sent to a forced labor camp. Dith Pran was able to escape in 1979. He coined the phrase killing fields to refer to the clusters of corpses and skeletal remains of victims he encountered during his 40-mile escape.

From 1980 Dith Pran worked as a photojournalist for NY Times.

The image above shows him visiting the museum at Tuol Seng, the site of the torture of 20,000 people.

(Zoon Politikon)


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