Aid and War Report • 1990 – 1991 by Catherine Geach

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A copy of the “Aid and War” report on Khmer Rouge human rights violations during the early 1990’s is now on public domain at the Documentation Centre for Cambodian Genocide. http://www.d.dccam.org/Abouts/Intern/Cambodia--aid_and_war_report_1990-1991_by_Catherine_Geach.pdf

The report was written by the founder of our school, Catherine L Geach between 1990-91 at the age of eighteen, when she first visited Cambodia to compile a report on details of human rights abuses by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. At that time, the Khmer Rouge were seated at the United Nations as legal representatives of Cambodia and were supported by the U.S. and British Governments and the International Community. The report was written to demonstrate actual, current abuses of that time by the Khmer Rouge, in order to prove that they should not be seated at the United Nations, nor should they have received military training by British special forces on the Thai border.

Ms Geach visited Khmer Rouge affected zones such as Kompong Speu and Kompong Chhnang, interviewing doctors, the red-cross, civilians, teachers and officials, visiting hospitals and other sites to document the effect that Khmer Rouge guerrilla warfare had on the civilian population. For information about Sisphon and Battambang, she interviewed various red-cross and aid workers as well as Cambodian specialists. The report was sent to the British Government, the United Nations the European Community and various foundations concerned with peace. It is to be noted that in areas such as Kompng Chhnang, the effect of the international aid embargo was still felt and doctors did not have anaesthetics when amputating limbs, or anti-malerial drugs. The use of anti-personnel mines during that period was absolutely devastating.

The author was awarded the Quaker "Bernard Brett Peace Bequest" for this report. Today this award is no longer given and apparently Bernard Brett House is used to help homeless people in London.

The report can be seen on the DCC archives in it’s original form, written on a typewriter, (the address is no longer valid, so please don’t write there). It is a reminder of how much ordinary Cambodians struggled to survive even after the genocide “was over”. We also remember the appalling ineptitude and double standards by the international community in dealing with the whole Cambodian crisis from beginning to end, a period of nearly three decades, spanning from 1970 to the official ceasefire in the late 1990’s. This report is a testament to the courage and determination of Cambodian people to re-build their beautiful country against so many odds. If you are wondering what it has to do with our school, then you can go to our website at www.kcdi-cambodia.org and read our history to find out.