This photograph provides a view of bas-relief on the 117-metre-long engraved base of the Win-Win Monument. It depicts the defection to Vietnam of the then Khmer Rouge officer Hun Sen in June 1977. One sees Hun Sen (dressed in Khmer Rouge garb) considering what may happen to him and his group of defectors (being killed) if they are caught by the Khmer Rouge. It also shows Hun Sen thinking about his wife who he left behind.
The Win-Win Monument complex – photographed here in January 2020 – was inaugurated in December 2018 to mark the twentieth anniversary of the end of the post-Democratic Kampuchea civil war, with the final defection of the remaining Khmer Rouge factions, thanks to the DIFID policy (“Divide, Isolate, Finish, Integrate, Develop”) also known as the “Win Win” policy of Prime Minister Hun Sen.
- January 2020
- Win-Win Monument
- Spatial Politics of Identity in Cambodia
- Cambodia, Hun Sen, Khmer Rouge, propaganda, Vietnam