Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Gunnar in the living hell

The Swedish former maoist Gunnar Bergström returns to Cambodia for the first time since 1978 when he was one of four in a Swedish delegation from the Sweden-Kampuchea Friendship Association invited to visit Cambodia. At the time he believed that Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge was on their way to transform Cambodia into a fairer society benefiting the poor. Radio Australia reports that "he also saw things which caused him disquiet. It took him six months to talk about them and thirty years before he could return to the country and fully face his mistake". Radio Australia also publishes an interview with Bergström. He returns to Cambodia to apologize and also to donate his archives from the 1978 trip. The photos that he took will be exhibited in the exhibition "Gunnar in the living hell". According to Inter Press Service the exhibition will be shown in different cities in Cambodia and is planned to be on display in Stockholm in September next year.

Another blogpost about the exhibition: Livin Hell.

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