Aston Centre for Europe
presents this free event with Denise Affonço, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge Regime.
Monday 1 February 2010
16:00 – 18:00
MB518, Aston University
In this unique talk, Denise Affonço, a former Cambodian resident, will discuss Cambodia's dark past, and recount her own experiences of the genocide which ensued once the Khmer Rouge seized power in 1975.
Denise, a French citizen and former embassy employee, stayed in Cambodia with her Cambodian husband, a convinced Communist, who believed that the Khmer Rouge would bring an end to five years of civil war. But peace did not return and along with millions of their fellow citizens they were deported to the countryside where they endured almost four years of forced labour, famine, sickness and death. In 2009, Denise gave evidence at the trial of the Khmer Rouge's prison chief, Comrade Duch, one of five regime leaders to be indicted for crimes against humanity.
As the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) deliberate the case of Comrade Duch – whose verdict is expected in early 2010 – this rare talk is a timely opportunity to hear reflections of a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime.
Further information and bookings
Contact Dr Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik, firstname.lastname@example.org
, tel. 0121 204 5168