Lives in pictures are saved as buried treasures

A new book illustrates the risk one Cambodian family took to keep valued photographs out of the Khmer Rouge's clutches.

Vira Rama’s family in a refugee camp in Thailand after fleeing Cambodia when the Khmer Rouge took over and carried out a genocide that claimed at least 1.7 million lives. (Photo courtesy of Rama family)

There’s a picture in Buried, a soon-to-be-published photo book, which shows Vira Rama’s father acting very cool, as if he is trying to hide his emotions. What the picture doesn’t show is that Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihanouk is giving Rama’s father a medal for his services to the country.

“We decided to cut King Sihanouk from the picture and to only keep the part with my dad. At that time it was too risky to have a picture with the king,” Vira Rama says.

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