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Published: February 22nd 2011
Went to an exhibition by young Cambodian artist, Vandy Rattana with photos of these beautiful ponds with lush vegetationn or grasses around them.
Then we find out through a video that these ponds were created by the bombs that the US illegally dropped on Cambodia in the 1960's and 70's. With little documentation or information about these ponds, Vandy travelled to 10 provinces most affected by the bombings. He engaged with the locals to tell the story of the bombings and the local people's relationship to the ponds. People told their stories of hiding from the bombs or of family members being killed by them.
It was very powerful. I hadn't thought about how the physical scarring of the land would remind people constantly of theie losses and how the bombs had lasting toxic chemical effects on the land.
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These blogs are great Laurie, thanks as it gives me some immediacy about the issues and problems. As well as providing a sense of what you are doing!