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New Book about Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge by our parishioner Marie-Madeleine Kenning.

Marie-Madeleine from Friends of Cambodia has published a book with some of the eye-witness accounts of people’s experience in Cambodia during the terrifying years under the Khmer Rouge regime. To maximize the amount raised you can purchase directly from Marie-Madeleine by sending an email to mariemadeleinekenning@gmail.com please include your delivery address and contact details.
It is important to note that ALL profits go directly to Friends of Cambodia and therefore 100% of that goes directly to the people in Cambodia.
A sample extract of the The beginning of Chapter 2 can be found below.

Title: Then The Khmer Rouge Came: Survivors' Stories from Northwest Cambodia

Author: Marie-Madeleine Kenning

Outline: The book is a memoir of first hand accounts of the impact of the Khmer Rouge on the lives of some of the people in St Mary’s twinned parishes. It is based on Marie-Madeleine’s annual visits to Cambodia and gives a taste of what it is like to build a relationship with people so far away who are both very different from you and yet very similar. And then, after a few years, to discover with horror as you talk to them in some depth what they had to endure under Pol Pot.
Publication date: 28 June 2020

Cost: £14.99 (free delivery) – All profits from the sale of the book will go to support the poor in Northwest Cambodia


Beginning of chapter 2 of Then the Khmer Rouge Came

Little did we know when we left Heathrow on our first trip to Cambodia, at the end of 2007, that this journey would become an annual event. As far as I was concerned, we were on a private fact finding mission, preceded by a few days of sightseeing. We were going to take a look at the communities that our parish had recently become twinned with: Battambang, Cambodia’s third largest city, and Chomnaom, a village some 60 kilometres away. No one in the parish had been there and information was hard to come by, as means of communication were rather limited in those days. We had been told that people were “very poor” and had suffered a lot. But what did very poor mean? There are poor people in England. Like doubting Thomas, I wanted to see for myself.