Today, April 17, is the thirtieth anniversary of the end of the Khmer Rouge's revolutionary struggle, and the beginning of their bloody rule over the country. The New York Times has two Op-Eds written byCambodians that survived: A Birthday Wrapped in Cambodian History and The Karma of the Killing Fields.

I was sort of surprised by the general lack of media coverage on the topic. The Washington Post does not seem to have written any articles about it (AP articles do not count). Similarly, I could not find anything on the BBC (although they did have an article about how the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of several Nazi death camps fall in April.

I think the general lack of media focus on Cambodia can be seen in the correction at the end of a New York Times article I linked to when I wrote about the slowness of tribunals to prosecute the Khmer Rouge back in January 2004:

Sept. 9, 2004, Thursday

An article on Jan. 7 about calls in Cambodia for a trial of the leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970's misstated Prime Minister Hun Sen's tenure. He has wielded prime ministerial powers, either on his own or in a power-sharing agreement, since 1985, not 1993. A reader first reported the error in January; this correction was delayed by an editing lapse.