>“Rooted in the stone” by Sam Rainsy

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4 May 2008
Translated from French by Luc Sâr

Le texte original en français se trouve en bas de la page
Courtesy of Ki-Media at: http://ki-media.blogspot.com/

Paris (AP) – Born to a well-to-do Cambodian family close to King Norodom Sihanouk, the author lived in opulence before the fall of his father, a high ranking politician and a minister of the King, who was brutally dismissed and had to hide underground before he ended being assassinated.

Taking refuge in Paris, the Sams – in Khmer, the first name follows the family name – had to resign to a life of poor but dignified immigrants. Rainsy, a gifted student, completed brilliant studies which allowed him to become a highly qualified financier.

However, like Saumura, his wife, he could not be happy leading this lifestyle when his country, as we all know, is torn apart in the hands of a regime practicing mass murders. He set up a newspaper to help the victims of the Khmer Rouge, and at the fall of the communist dictatorship, he and his wife returned back to Phnom Penh.

Becoming the minister of Economy in the Hun Sen government, Sam Rainsy undertook the fight against all forms of trafficking, and he kept on lending moral support to all aspects of public life which earned him the popular support and a lot of hostilities as well. He later joined the opposition rank by forming a democrat and liberal political party: the SRP.

Becoming the target of his enemies, he escaped several attempts which saw the killing of many of his followers, but, being the opposition leader, he maintained his course with great courage, while preparing for the upcoming July 2008 election where he, once again, will face Prime Minister Hun Sen who maintains a tight iron grip on the country for the past 22 years.

This is a superb testimonial from an exceptional personality.Publisher: Calmann-lévy (with the collaboration of Patrice Trapier, 300 pages, cost: euros 20)

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«Des racines dans la pierre» Par Sam Rainsy14 Mai 2008PARIS (AP) — Né dans une famille patricienne cambodgienne proche du roi Norodom Sihanouk, l’auteur a connu l’opulence, puis la déchéance lorsque son père, un homme politique de premier plan, ministre du roi, fut brutalement limogé et forcé de passer dans la clandestinité avant de finir assassiné.

Réfugié à Paris, les Sam -dans la langue khmère, les prénoms se placent après les noms de famille-, vont se résigner à une vie d’immigrés pauvres, mais dignes. Rainsy, élève surdoué, fait de brillantes études qui lui permettent de devenir un financier hautement qualifié. Mais, tout comme sa femme Saumura, il ne peut se satisfaire de cette vie alors que son pays, aux mains d’un régime qui pratique le meurtre de masse, connaît les déchirements que l’on sait. Ils créent un journal pour aider les victimes des Khmers rouges, et quand la dictature communiste s¹effondre, ils repartent pour Phnom Penh. Devenu ministre de l’Economie du premier gouvernement Hun Sen, Sam Rainsy entreprend de lutter contre toutes les formes de trafics et de moraliser la vie publique, ce qui lui vaut un soutien populaire, mais aussi de solides inimitiés. Il passe alors dans l’opposition et crée un parti démocrate et libéral : le PSR. Devenu la cible de ses adversaires, il échappe à plusieurs attentats qui tuent nombre de ses partisans, mais, chef de file de l’opposition, il garde courageusement le cap, se préparant pour les élections législatives de juillet 2008 qui l¹opposeront une nouvelle fois au Premier ministre Hun Sen qui tient le pays d’une main de fer depuis 22 ans. Superbe témoignage d’une personnalité d’exception.Calmann-lévy ( avec la collaboration de Patrice Trapier. 300 pages ; 20 euros)

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