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Writing for Raksmey: A Story of Cambodia


I acknowledge Cambodian friends whom I first met behind barbed wire on the Thai/Cambodia border. Their friendship has remained strong during more than a quarter of a century; they have trusted me with the narrative of their lives.

I thank Maria Tumarkin: teacher, friend, mentor and gifted writer. Her belief sustained my own conviction that a story such as this must be written. Maria’s readiness to inspire, challenge and encourage has been vast.

My family, my friends and my religious community, the Sisters of St Joseph, have supported me throughout the labour of writing. Some gave back letters I had sent from Cambodia, some read and reacted to drafts. They surely know that I am grateful.

Through the responsiveness of many people, this narrative has become a book.

Writing for Raksmey: A Story of Cambodia

   by Joan Healy