Spiral-bound history: Rare Cambodia diary offers haunting account of life under Khmer Rouge

August 9, 2014 6:14 AM

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Spiral-bound history: Rare Cambodia diary offers haunting account of life under Khmer Rouge

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – It was an extraordinary act of defiance, and it was extraordinarily risky. But all he did was take out a pen, and write.

Nearly 40 years ago, hunched on the floor of the wood-and-leaf hut he was forced to live in away from his children, Cambodian school inspector Poch Younly kept a secret diary vividly recounting the horrors of life under the Khmer Rouge, the radical communist regime whose extreme experiment in social...

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