MEMORIES OF POL POT

RECOLLECTIONS OF THE YOUNGEST VICTIMS OF A MONSTER

I never met Pol Pot, but I saw examples of his handiwork. In 1982, writing a story called "Children of War" for TIME, I visited the Khao I Dang refugee camp in southeast Thailand, across the border from Cambodia. There 40,000 Cambodians who had fled Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge awaited resettlement. They had made the camp into a village consisting of straw-roofed huts, gardens and wats.

Additional elements included a rehabilitation center where artificial limbs lay stacked for those whose hands, arms and legs had been hacked off by the Khmer Rouge, and classrooms where children who had escaped from mobile...

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