(This blog post was also published on WheninPhnomPenh blog.)
Pailin, a province in western Cambodia, holds a special place in my heart.
When my mother was a teen, she was forced to go to Pailin with a big group of other young women to take as much as food as possible back to Battambang base where she and her family were ordered to stay. Back in 2008, I got an assignment to translate and arranged interviews with former high ranking Khmer Rouge officers in Pailin for an American journalist from Baltimore Sun for almost a week. It was a very historically enriching experience about the place and the darkest history of Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge era. Read More Pailin: Cambodia’s Long Forgotten Gem