Charlotte Pert

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Nat Geo Explorer: 1986 Returning Home

After years of displacement in Vietnam, many Phnong villages returned to Cambodia in 1986. With entire villages fleeing the US bombings in the early 1970s, they sought refuge in Vietnam, where they were exposed to Christian aid from missionaries. Returning home, not only has the villages changed from the war, but so had the Phnong people...

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Nat Geo Explorer: 1966 Medicine Man

During the Khmer Rouge Phnong culture suffered greatly and was lost, as they were not allowed to perform traditional ceremonies, or use traditional healing when sick.  As well as village chief, Toun is also a traditional healer, curing sick people in the village. Collecting natural plants from the nearby forest and making traditional medicines, as well as performing ceremonies such as “exorcisms”, when there is a bad spirit inside someone making them sick. 

Phnong villagers now call on Toun for traditional healing ceremonies, ceremonies which were not permitted during their time under the Khmer Rouge...  

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Nat Geo Explorer: 1977 Death of Cadre Horm

In 1973 as relations between the Khmer Rouge and Vietnam deteriorated, a paranoia kicked in, sparking a wave of purges in the highlands bordering Vietnam. In 1977 another wave of purges was sparked after cadres escaped to Vietnam.

Through research, we sourced the Khmer Rouge case files of prominent high ranking indigenous officers who were arrested and killed by the regime. From these files, the surviving family members of Cadre Horm were tracked down.  

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Nat Geo Explorer: 1976 Forced Marriage

Forced marriages were common practice under the Khmer Rouge, leaving the people with no choice but to marry, or to die. Like the khmer people, and people in other provinces, the indigenous people in the northeast were also subject to forced marriages, often being made to marry non-indigenous Cambodians. 

Not in love, and not wanting to marry, couples would be wed in mass ceremonies, with multiple couples being wed at once under the authority of the Angka. After marriage, couples were expected to live together and consulate their marriage- they would be spied upon to make sure of this. if they did not do so after marriage, it would be seen as a betrayal to Angkar, and life threatening. 

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Nat Geo Explorer: Kuoy the Elephant

Kouy the elephant (70) assisted his owners family, as well as their neighbors- Pros Sokhas family- as they village fled Cambodia, trekking through the jungle, across the border into Vietnam. 

Before the indigenous Phnong were renowned as great elephant keepers and masters of the forests in eastern Cambodia.

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Nat Geo Explorer: 1977 Death of Cadre Kasy

In 1973 as relations between the Khmer Rouge and Vietnam deteriorated, a paranoia kicked in, sparking a wave of purges in the highlands bordering Vietnam. In 1977 another wave of purges was sparked after cadres escaped to Vietnam.

Through research, we sourced the Khmer Rouge case files of prominent high ranking indigenous officers who were arrested and killed by the regime. From these files, the surviving family members of Cadre Kasy were tracked down.  

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Nat Geo Explorer: 1976 Forced Marriage

Forced marriages were common practice under the Khmer Rouge, leaving the people with no choice but to marry, or to die. Like the khmer people, and people in other provinces, the indigenous people in the northeast were also subject to forced marriages, often being made to marry non-indigenous Cambodians. 

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