War, Colors and Drawing From Experience: How Art Inspired Young Cambodian Refugees

Their group -- Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) -- this month celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Phnom Penh – Srey Bandaul still remembers learning to draw.

It was in the late 1980s in a swelling refugee camp on the Thai border where thousands were sheltering as soldiers from the Vietnam-backed regime in Phnom Penh fought the Khmer Rouge guerrillas they had toppled from power.

His instructor was a French aid worker, who taught drawing to Bandaul and his classmates, all young teens like him who were traumatized by an early childhood under the ultra-Maoist regime. More than 1.5 million people are estimated to have died as a result of the Khmer Rouge regime.

In full: https://www.voacambodia.com/a/war-colors-and-drawing-from-experience-how-art-inspired-young-cambodian-refugees/4868511.html

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