Working in Cambodia Part 2
Ashley Evans SJ has spent over 30 years working in Cambodia, teaching and trying to advocate for reform. When he went out there, Cambodia was still devastated from the effects of the Khmer Rouge regime 1975-79 and the Vietnamese occupation (1979-89). Now the economy is growing at a rate of about 7% per year causing new upheavals, challenges and opportunities to the young population. Over those thirty years, the population has more than doubled to 16 million people. The vast majority are Buddhists, but often with strong beliefs in local spirits also.
In this second part Ashley talks about the schools he set up and how there is reason for hope and progress in the country. He looks at how there is also an undercurrant of fear in the country in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge and questions whether people will ever be able to trust each other again.
He begins by talking to Pat Coyle about the schools he set up and the hope they bring.