What do you think when you hear Cambodia? It's no trap question, but if I had to guess, I would say you probably think of what happened in the 70s.
Throughout the world, Cambodia is unfortunately known for what happened.
And it makes sense.
Starvation, torture, 2 million people erased (1⁄5 of the population) - The world rarely knows such violence.
Among these horrors, few people know which one was the "silent killer."
The one who almost completely erased Cambodia from the map.
The one who leaves millions of survivors without reference.
The one who still causes misunderstanding in our time.
Who could be this silent killer?
Well, the former dictator responsible for these unprecedented events once said:
"If you want to kill the grass, you also have to kill the roots."
The undeniable silent killer among these horrors was the destruction of identity, traditions, and culture.
Banishment of all forms of difference
The devastation of cultural institutions
Books, history, recipes, burned.
1,000 years of one of the considered most rich cultures erased from planet earth in less than 4 years
Thus, what did it mean to be Cambodian after a period of such immeasurable loss?