Sunday, March 30, 2008

R.I. P. Dith Pran 1942-2008


Cambodian photojournalist Dith Pran, made famous by the movie "The Killing Fields," passed away March 30 in New Jersey from pancreatic cancer. Dith was 65 years old.

Dith, who came to the United States in 1980, worked for The New York Times as a photographer.

According to The Times:

Mr. Dith saw his country descend into a living hell as he scraped and scrambled to survive the barbarous revolutionary regime of the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1979, when as many as two million Cambodians — a third of the population — were killed, experts estimate. Mr. Dith survived through nimbleness, guile and sheer desperation.
Since coming to the United States, Dith spent much of his time fighting against genocide around the world.

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