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“As we were in the midst of the dry season, the river at Vat Thmey was now only a big snake of mud.”
“Work went on monotonously, and our constant hunger was wrenching: rice powder and bran, which I sometimes roasted in an attempt to give it some flavor, had torn my insides to shreds. One morning I didn't have the strength to get up, and no one came to see what had happened to me. Everyone was so used to having people just disappear.”
Molyda Szymusiak, Cambodian writer