Dispatches from serfdom

Tuesday, 6 March 2007

Unauthorized possession of foraged food was another reason to die. People who were caught with a fish, a crab, a snail or a lizard were sometimes summarily executed for misappropriation of the “people’s” resources, as witnesses in Benteay Meanchey’s Thmar Puok District testified. This practice was equivalent to a charge of attempting to survive starvation without permission. The Death Toll in Cambodia: Quantifying Crimes Against Humanity,” Craig Etcheson
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