Khmer Rouge choosing Christianity


all photographs copyright Nigel Dickinson 2007

KHMER ROUGE CHRISTIANS. South East Asia, Cambodia, Pailin. Several high ranking ex Khmer Rouge officials including the notorious former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Khek Lev, also known as Duch, have sympathies towards Christianity and Evangelism. Some have changed religion or even become Evangelist priests and pasteurs. Ex-Khmer Rouge buddhists have something to fear: Buddhism offers neither redemption or forgiveness; the Karma and the next life are affected by the present one. On the other hand, Christianity and Evangelism allow one to be born again, it forgives our sins and offers redemption. This proposition is far more attractive to those who orchestrated, organised and carried out mass murder, and torture on a grand scale, against the Cambodian people, leaving 2 million dead in the 1970's. American priests are working in Khmer Rouge strongholds, bringing their Evanglist message, and are having some success. Approved rules for UN-backed Khmer Rouge genocide trials are now in place. The highest ranking Duch is in prison, in Phnom Penh, ready to be tried. What role the Evangelists will play in this scenario is yet to be seen.