If you haven’t seen it yet, The New York Times’ “The Last Word: Dith Pran” is well worth watching. You get a brief backgrounder on what happened to Pran and to his people in 1970s Cambodia. And no matter how moving his life as a survivor of the Killing Fields, a human rights advocate, and a photojournalist reads in traditional obit form, there’s nothing quite like having Pran, captured days before his death, look into the camera and ask of you today:
Everyone must stop The Killing Fields. Not to allow this to exist again Once is too many. If they can do that for me, my spirit will be happy.Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.