I began to learn more about Cambodia through a friend I met at UMM. He would share his culture proudly with me through pictures, personal website, and art. Yes, his artwork is still on-campus at the MRC Office.
When I think of Cambodia, I sadly think about the Khymer Rouge-regime back in the 1970's when 6 million were executed (the "unforgotten Holocaust") by Pol Pot.
With this homepage, I hope to educate people about this history learning lesson of what Cambodia went through. Also, I hope to enlighten this past horrific history with beautiful images and rich culture of this unique nation.
"..This is information for your Cambodian friend. The Cambodian New Years is taking place on the 16th to the 17th of April. Of course everybody is welcome. The celebration will be held at the Watt Munisotaram in Hamptom...-from Vanthat (April 11')
"KRATIE, Cambodia — Afternoon light filters through the windows as Cambodian villagers map out the future of their communities.
This day was more than 30 years in coming. The villages haven't been rebuilt since the horrific Khmer Rouge years that tore communities apart. An estimated 2 million Cambodians died between 1975 and 1979 in a genocide dramatized in the popular 1984 film, "The Killing Fields."
Today, however, both former Khmer Rouge members and their survivors sit together on a wood floor with a sheet white 3-by-2-foot paper to sketch out schools, wells and health centers they'd like to see one day.
The group has gathered to learn about community development from representatives of as international relief and development organization who conduct such sessions around the world to help communities catch a hopeful vision of the future and understand how to make it a reality.
"Community development is the development of people —communities and people in the communities," said Pam Wolf, who works with her husband Ben in leading Baptist Global Response work in the Asia Rim.
Visiting the communities in Cambodia is like taking a step back in time. The only way to reach many villages is on muddy roads. Electricity doesn't make it out to most villages. Hospitals are scarce. Many rural Cambodians long to see their communities develop.
The goal of community development, Ben Wolf said, is for people to work together to improve their communities and see their needs met.
The community itself facilitates the change, not outsiders giving handouts, Wolf emphasized. Most villages are used to having NGOs come in, drop off supplies and leave.
These villagers live in Cambodia's Kratie [Kra- chay] province. The name in Khmer means "poor knowledge." A Christian worker who attended the training said he knows of only two high schools in the entire province. Teachers are scarce and many times haven't even completed a high school education themselves. Most students study only to the ninth grade.
Though the villagers may not be educated by academic standards, the men and women learn how to evaluate what their community looked like 15 years ago, what it looks like now and what they see their community looking like 15 years from now if things continue as they are with no intervention. They learn how to identify the problems and needs of their communities, prioritize them and make a practical plan for effecting change.
Water is a constant worry in this area. Though some of the villages lie near the Mekong River, the villagers haven't found a foolproof method for purifying the water.
By the end of the session, the trainees have mapped out steps they can take to improve and find new water sources. Some drafted a plan and developed action points for digging a well.
The participants dream and plan for more high schools, electricity and bridges over rivers. One man dreams that one day there will be a toilet for every house. Others cast visions for all-day markets and health clinics.
Every BGR training session concludes with a practicum in which participants have a chance to go to a local community and meet with the local leaders to put into practice what they have learned, asking questions to learn about the community and then asking the leaders to draw what the village looks like on a piece of paper. Through this, the leader and trainees can see what needs the community has, opening the door for future visits.
Aung, a trainee from a nearby village of 800 people, feels he can share what he learned in the training. He's already talked with the leaders of his village and introduced the vision-mapping tool he learned.
The main need in Aung's village is food. He's realized his village has resources he can use to make a plan for creating more ways to get food. Aung said his small group discussed starting a cow-raising project for income and fresh meat.
The Wolfs’ lessons also resonate with a 20-year-old named Borey from the village of Poipet, where heavy rains make dirt roads impassable, keeping some children out of school and behind in their lessons.
Borey — the only person in Poipet to graduate from high school — recognized the need for supplemental education. He decided he’d teach children in the evenings to help them catch up in their studies. Every evening after he finishes working in the fields, Borey gathers children ages 5 10 and gives them lessons for an hour.
Through the training sessions led by the Wolfs, Borey realized he already was practicing a core principle that was being taught: The people of a community are the primary initiators of change for their community. His grandfather is the leader of their village, and Borey plans on talking with his grandfather about how they can apply what he’s learned in the workshop to help their community.
"I want in the future for my village to have a school, church and for people to have food, health and children to be clever,” Borey declared.
"This is the attitude we get excited about,” Ben Wolf said. “If we can especially get young people involved in community development, we can see a future for healthy, vibrant communities — communities that are stronger physically, emotionally and spiritually.”
The Wolfs, while in Cambodia, also had an opportunity to meet with provincial authorities and discuss their role in the community development process. Community development cannot happen without the understanding of those in authority, Wolf said, even if they are not directly involved.
Wolf encouraged the provincial officials to use their influence to encourage the community taking ownership of its future.
"As leaders, you might be the change agent in the community," Wolf told the provincial authorities. "You may be the one who is getting the community to take responsibility for themselves."
"A brief narrative description of the journal article, document, or resource. The three purposes of this guide are to provide information on the Khmer language, alphabet, and educational systems which will be useful to Americans teaching English to Cambodian refugees; to give specific suggestions for teaching Cambodians to write the English alphabet; and to provide teaching materials that deal with the particular pronunciation problems Cambodians have in learning English. The Khmer language is briefly described in terms of its origin and history; its sounds--syllables, vowels, consonants, diphthongs, intonation patterns; its word formation--prefixes, infixes, suffixes; and its sentence structure. The Khmer alphabet is discussed, and the history of education and literacy in Cambodia is briefly traced. A short overview of teaching English to Cambodian refugees is presented as is general information on pronunciation lessons, fourteen of which are included in the guide. Sources for further reference are appended. (EJS)...
"This page contains links to Bibles, stories and websites written in Khmer which tell about Jesus and His love for the Cambodian people.
Many followers of Jesus are praying that God will bless the Cambodian people, and some of the links on this page have information to help them learn more about the Cambodian language and culture.
Thank you for visiting. May the grace and peace of God be yours today! "
"Here's one of our mission works in Cambodia, worshipping God with voices and traditional Khmer instruments"
"In 2003, Ms. Angelina Jolie created ... an organization for the conservation of Cambodia’s endangered Cardamom Mountains’ northern territory. Formally known as the Maddox Jolie Project and based in Cambodia's rural and impoverished north-west, the initial focus of its conservation work was on the protection of Samlaut National Park (Samlaut Protected Area), an area that contains most of the region’s biodiversity: forests, freshwater ecosystems, and endangered species. As more resources became available, MJP’s operations expanded into other areas such as reforestation, community protected area, park management and integrated rural development (UN Millennium Development Goals). In 2007, the organization changed its name to Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, retaining the MJP initials, to better reflect the scope of its field projects.
Address : Group #02, Rumchek4 village
Battambang district and province
Kingdom of Cambodia
(adjacent to Golden Palace Hotel and Cold Night
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : (855) 53 730 171
Fax : (855) 53 730 171
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"..It is generally thought that the Khmer script developed from the Pallava script of India. The oldest dated inscription in Khmer was found at Angkor Borei in Takev Province south of Phnom Penh and dates from 611 AD. Those inscriptions that have survived are engraved in stone and the evolution of Khmer script is as follows:..
"This land, for years torn by civil war, is the site of the horrible Killing Fields and as we arrived 23,000 United Nation peace-keeping troops were trying to hold an election.
In Bangkok before we boarded the flight to Cambodia, a Japanese man rushed up to me and asked, "Who are you?" I answered, "Arthur Blessitt". He asked again, "Who are you? Your face is glowing". I showed him the cross as we were checking in and explained the love of Jesus for his soul.
Surely God's glory was upon us as we arrived in Phnom Penh, the capital. We carried the cross through the city and in a large circle around it. The only traffic was U. N. vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, and rickshaws. No traffic lights were working and it seemed the only businesses were United Nation projects and hotel construction. Yet the people were among the most friendly and smiling people in all of Asia.
Some people would ask Denise and I, “Aren't you afraid? There is so much killing and you have no gun!' We would reply, "God sent us here with the cross and the message of hope, love, peace and salvation. Should He want us to live we shall live; should He allow us to die, we will be with Him." Oh, Denise is so pure in motive and pure in heart. She trusts totally in the Lord Jesus. She never holds back but is ready to live, ready to die, we both are. We love each other, we love God, we love people, and it's that simple.
We were up early and hired an old taxi to take us out of the city to the Killing Fields at Cheong Ek. In 1975 the Khmer Rouge killed tens of thousands and put their bodies in mass graves. Some have been opened and the skulls put on display in a glass memorial. Denise and I knelt and prayed there after putting the cross together. Such a sad feeling of how savage humanity can be to humanity. Of the devil, Jesus said, “He came to steal, kill and destroy." But Jesus has come to give life and that more abundantly.
At the memorial children were playing and shouting. I could feel life overcoming death where many died in horror and screams. A new generation full of life plays where death once reigned. The people in the rice farming countryside welcomed us and gathered about when we stopped. We ate and drank along the way as we prayed. The road was first dust then paved but with a lot of potholes. In the city everyone looked at us with amazement.
A news reporter from Voice of America said, "I saw you and interviewed you in Jerusalem in the 70's, it's good to see you here. I thought God had forgotten this place."
In the city center we were staying in an old hotel under going repairs, so the room was cheap. We could keep the cross inside the hotel. Four men rushed in after us. They were from Thailand and worked at a bank in Cambodia. They were trembling and pale. "We saw you in the Bangkok Post newspaper and then on the street, we rushed to speak to you, look, our arms are with chill bumps. I've never felt this way before." There at the hotel I explained about Jesus and the three Buddhist men came to know Jesus as their Savior and committed to follow Him. We shall stay in touch. ...
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"He was a reporter for the New York Times whose coverage of the Cambodian War would win him a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. But the friend who made it possible was half the world away with his life in great danger... This is the story of war and friendship, the anguish of a country and of one man's will to live..."
"This is the ending of the movie, The Killing Fields, which portrayed the civil war that massacred close to 3 Million people in Cambodia in 70s. The Imagine song at the end says it all."
"Stegosaurus carving found in Ta Prohm, Cambodia. The first Stegosaurus fossil was found in Colorado, USA, in 1876 by M. P. Felc h. More information on this topic can be found at http://www.bible.ca/tracks/tracks-cambodia.htm The person on this video is not me."
Having Fun in the Rice Field - Playing baseball at the rice field and while helping the local harvest the rice crop
The Baseball Game in Cambodia
"Here is how we play baseball in Cambodia. Please give us your comment, we're greatly appreciated. For more information, please visit us at: www.cambodiabaseball.org, or Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/home.php?sk=group_210311809012966. Please give us some comment about this video.
I was edited this video for fun. I wanna to share everyone about baseball in Cambodia. This is our national team, as they were trained for the international competitional such as; SEA Games, Asain Baseball Cup, Asian Championship, Asian Games, World Baseball Classic (WBC), etc.
I know this video is not a done by a professional, but I was just trying my best and show you how we do baseball in Cambodia. We all trying to learn. Give me some slack. Thank you.
That's Cambodian Baseball
Baseball in Cambodia by CTN TV (KH)
Khmer christian story Houn Kim Kran
"Sokreaksa S. Himm in news report. Khmer Rouge killed his family and left him for dead in a mass grave when he was 11. Now a Christian, he returns to forgive his family killers and share the gospel"
Killing Fields Testimony
"A Cambodian Christian explains his experience being captured by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, how he was left for dead in the Killing Fields, how he was rescued, and his faith in Jesus Christ."
"PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA (ANS) -- The Khmer Rouge started as a Maoist, guerilla group in the Cambodian jungles. Run by a despot named Pol Pot, they overthrew the Cambodian government in 1975 starting a four year reign of terror.
In an effort to transform Cambodia into an agrarian society, Pol Pot
Pol Pot after his arrest
emptied the cities forcing people into the country where hundreds of thousands starved to death and others murdered or simply worked to death. Phnom Penh, the capital city with a current population of 1.2 million, was turned into a ghost town in the late 70s.
One of the regime's mottos was �To keep you is no benefit, to destroy you is no loss� and certainly they lived by it. There were mass executions of former government loyalists, intellectuals (this included people wearing glasses which indicated they could read) and non Cambodians such as Vietnamese and Chinese. Religious groups were also targeted particularly Christians and Muslims.
Though the Khmer Rouge was finally ousted by the Vietnamese in 1979, it's estimated the Khmer killed 1.7 million Cambodians or nearly 20% of the population. The British movie, The Killing Fields, won three Academy Awards for it portrayal of this horrific time in Cambodian history.
The International community has made repeated attempts to have Cambodia come to terms with this dark period in its history. Finally after 30 years of prodding, the Cambodian government will hold trials in 2008 bringing to justice those responsible. The Cambodia government only allowed the trial -- referred to as the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) -- to proceed once certain conditions were met. First, the costs of the ECCC needed to be paid by the international community and the tribunal will not be allowed to prosecute any government officials with a Khmer past.
So instead, the ECCC will focus on former Khmer leaders who are not politically connected to the current regime. Though Pol Pot died in 1998 under mysterious circumstances, many former Khmer leaders walk free in the country. This includes Leng Sary, the foreign minister of the Khmer Rouge, who has lived in a mansion in Phnom Penn under police protection. Nuon Chea -- Brother #2 -- second in command behind Pol Pot was considered the master mind behind the Khmer genocide and lives in northwestern Cambodia. Nuon Chea was arrested in September and is the second person slated to face the tribunal.
The chief torturer and executioner
Khang Khek Leu (Comrade Duch) at the age of about 17
The first is a man named Khang Khek Ieu. He has been in jail since 1999 and was finally charged this past July. Khang whose revolutionary name was Duch (pronounced dook) was leader of the Khmer Rouge's secret police and oversaw its prison camp system used to torture and execute individuals (men, women and children) considered enemies of the state.
Duch also commanded the notorious S-21 -- known as Tuol Seng -- the highest security prison in the regime where an estimated 12,000 people were imprisoned and executed. Most sent there were actually members of the Khmer Rouge, as Nuon Chea regularly purged the party of dissidents real or imagined. Using extreme measures of torture, S-21 routinely gained confessions before execution. Only a handful of people survived detention at S-21.
Duch has confessed his involvement and repeatedly stated he would �reveal the details of crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge.� To date, he is the only major leader of the Khmer Rouge to confess to his crimes.
Pol Pot's torturer comes to Christ
Christopher LaPel -- a Cambodian-born pastor living in Los Angeles -- regularly travels to Cambodia to preach the Gospel and hold leadership training seminars.
In 1995, while in Chamkar Samrong a village in Battambang province, he met a withdrawn and gaunt man named Hang Pin, 54, who was encouraged to attend LaPel's meetings at the urging of a friend.
After listening to LaPel's sermons, Hang made a commitment to Christ and asked to be baptized. LaPel said this resulted in a remarkable transformation. Hang went from being withdrawn to open and laughing and concerned about how he looked. LaPel had no idea his newest disciple was the notorious leader of the Khmer Rouge secret police -- Duch.
Looking back, LaPel told the Laredo Morning Times that the only hint he had of Hang Pin's dark past was from a comment he made: �Pastor Christopher,� Hang Pin said, �I'm a sinner. I don't think my brothers and sisters can forgive me because my sins are so deep.� 
After his conversion, Hang Pin returned to his village and started a church. He eventually went to work for a non government agency called the American Refugee Committee (ARC) in 1997 -- all the while, maintaining his connection with LaPel and preaching the Gospel.
In search of Duch
As the Holy Spirit drew Hang Pin to salvation, British photographer and Journalist Nic Dunlop was in the country reporting on Cambodia's Khmer Rouge past.
In his article �On the trail of Pol Pot's chief executioner,� published in Prospect Magazine, Dunlop said he was drawn to S-21, which had been turned into a museum of the genocide.
Photos taken of the thousands people incarcerated there hung on the walls. He was mesmerized by their faces filled with desperation and terror. During one of his visits, he saw a picture of the camp commander -- Duch. He obtained a copy thinking it might prove useful in identifying the former commander, if he ever came across him.
In 1999, while on one of his tours, Dunlop met Hang Pin in a village near the city of Samlot in Western Cambodia. Dunlop was convinced he had found Duch.
Dunlop returned a week later with a fellow reporter, Nate Thayer, to confront Hang Pin. Thayer asked Hang Pin if he ever worked for the Khmer Rouge. Hang Pin deflected the question stating he currently worked with ARC and was translating school text books. Thayer asked the question two more times and finally Hang Pin paused and said, �It is God's will you are here.� 
�I have done very bad things in my life,� he told them. �Now is the time to bear the consequences of my actions.�
Duch confessed his involvement with the secret police and S-21. After Dunlop and Thayer broke the news, Duch went into hiding for a couple days before finally turning himself in to the police. Dunlop has no doubt Duch�s commitment to Christ played a role in his confession and arrest.
In a later interview with Thayer published in the Far Eastern Economic Review, Duch said he was willing to testify against other Khmer perpetuators and feared for his life because of his willingness to do so. �It is OK, they can have my body,� he said, �Jesus has my soul. It is important that this history is understood. I want to tell you everything.� 
This past June, I contacted Christopher LaPel and received an encouraging report about Duch who at the time was incarcerated in a military prison in Phnom Penh just a few blocks away from S-21. He has since been transferred to the ECCC detention center.
�Yes, I would like to answer your questions regarding Khang Khek Ieu or Hang Pin or Duch, one of my disciples and one of our leaders serving our Lord Jesus Christ in Northwest Cambodia before he came forward ... Yes, he is in jail in Phom Penh and he [is] still preaching and sharing God's word with people around him.�
The work on the Cross
Duch's conversion is a powerful testament of the complete work of Jesus on the Cross.
Paul said we are �justified by faith� (Rom 5:1). The word justification does not mean to infuse with righteousness; rather it means you were declared not guilty because there is no evidence to condemn you. Paul explains in 2 Cor 5:21, �He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.�
At the moment of salvation, all of Duch's acts of torture and murder were transferred on to Jesus and God no longer has any record of this sin. Though Duch will be found guilty of all charges in the earthly trial, he is acquitted of all charges in the heavenly.
In fact, Paul wrote: �where sin increased, grace abounded all the more� (Rom 5:20). Where there is great sin, there will be more than enough grace to cover it.
When Christopher LaPel found out who his disciple was, he personally had to come to grips with the issue. His parents, brother and sister were killed during the Khmer Rouge reign of terror. One cousin, a science professor, even ended up in S-21 and her photo hangs on the wall.
�I was shocked when I found out who he really was,� Chris said in a TimesAsia article, �because what he did was so evil.� �Then I reflected it's amazing; it's a miracle. Christianity changes people's lives. If Jesus can change Duch, He can change anyone.� 
LaPel holds no anger towards Duch and has completely forgiven him.
 On the trail of Pol Pot's chief executioner, by Nic Dunlop (Prospect Magazine, August 2002)
 Duch implicates living Khmer Rouge leaders in killing (Far Eastern Economic Review: May 4, 1999)
 Christianity finds home in Cambodia, but death questioned, by Chris Fontaine (Laredo Morning Times: January 23, 2000)
 The killer and the Pastor, by Caroline Gluck (TimeAsia: July 12, 1999)
Others sources: Tribunal finally ready to probe "Killing Fields", by Geoffrey York (Globe and Mail June 14, 2007: Toronto, Ontario Canada) / Cambodian justice, a long time coming, by Noah Novogrodsky (National Post: October 1, 2007). "
From about 800 A.D. to 1,400, Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Empire. It was an Indic civilization: indeed, the name "Angkor" is derived from the Sanskrit "nagara," or sacred city. Even the term "Khmer," which is equivalent to "Cambodian," is derived from the Sanskrit Kambuja. Though never entirely forgotten, the site was semi-abandoned for some 500 years, and reports from occasional visitors, both Asian and European, were disregarded until the mid-19th century. A report by Henri Mouhot, published posthumously in 1864, kindled European interest in the site, and French archaeologists began clearing away the forest after the Thai government in 1907 ceded Angkor to Cambodia, then part of French Indo-China. Through the colonial period, Angkor was internationally famous, but the visitor load was light in comparison to today. During the 1970s and 1980s, the ruins were occupied by Khmer Rouge forces. Tourists stopped coming, and maintenance ceased. Since 1991, Angkor has been open to foreign visitors once again. Now the biggest threat is the destruction not of the place but of the experience of the place: Angkor is almost overwhelmed by crowds of visitors flying in for a glimpse of the exotic.."
Angkor Wat BBC Documentary Description Video Siem Reip
"Angkor Wat, one of the World Wonders. Amazing place i was there twice.It is now open and safe to tourism, mind you beware of tourist traps!"
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "..(Khmer: អង្គរវត្ត) is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. It is the world's largest religious building. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors. Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple mountain and the later galleried temple, based on early South Indian Hindu architecture, with key features such as the Jagati. It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the devas in Hindu mythology: within a moat and an outer wall 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi) long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the centre of the temple stands a quincunx of towers. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat is oriented to the west; scholars are divided as to the significance of this. The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs and for the numerous devatas (guardian spirits) adorning its walls.
The modern name, Angkor Wat, means "City Temple"; Angkor is a vernacular form of the word នគរ nokor which comes from the Sanskrit word नगर nagara meaning capital or city. Wat is the Khmer word for temple. Prior to this time the temple was known as Preah Pisnulok, after the posthumous title of its founder, Suryavarman II..
Cambodia Youth Camp
"a public invitation at the close of an evening service at our Cambodian youth camp"