March 30, 2008
On March 30, 2008, Dith Pran, a famous photojournalist who was a survivor of Cambodian genocide, died in New Brunswick, New Jersey three months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
His story as a Cambodian refugee was portrayed in the Oscar winning film, The Killing Fields. During the Vietnam war, Pran began working with American journalists and by the mid 1970’s, Pran was working with Sydney Schanberg of The New York Times.
1.7 million Cambodians were killed during the genocide, and it was Pran’s goal to educate people about the atrocious acts being committed in Cambodia through his photographs.