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One in two peo­ple in Cam­bo­dia own a smart­phone, ac­cord­ing to re­cent re­search that also found the de­vices have be­come the go-to source for ev­ery­thing from en­ter­tain­ment to news. Cre­ators of a new app are hop­ing they can also be­come an im­por­tant re­source in help­ing a re­cently scarred coun­try heal and learn from its his­tory. The Bo­phana Au­dio­vi­sual Re­source Cen­tre has part­nered with Cam­bo­dia’s Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to launch ‘Kh­mer Rouge His­tory’, which traces the his­tory of the ruth­less com­mu­nist regime from its rise in the 1970s to the on­go­ing tri­als against se­nior lead­ers. Given that more than 70% of Cam­bo­dia’s pop­u­la­tion is un­der the age of 30, the app is meant to con­nect to the coun­try’s youth on their pre­ferred plat­form and al­low them to take part in the col­lec­tive act of remembering one of the dark­est periods in mod­ern times. “We all know the Kh­mer Rouge his­tory was writ­ten by non-Cam­bo­di­ans,” said Bo­phana ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Chea Sopheap. “It is a source of pride for Cam­bo­di­ans to be able to col­lect these sto­ries.”

Im­agery from the new Kh­mer Rouge His­tory app

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