chapter  8
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Cambodia: NGO Cooperation in a Changing Aid Context, 1979-94

The exceptional horror of Cambodia in the 1970s has yet to be fully recorded and perhaps will never be entirely understood. A handful of writers have left us with an enduring image of Khmer Rouge rule, that of unprecedented violence and the tragic consequences of ideology out of control (Pilger, 1986, for example). It took the world almost a decade to wake up to this horror; it will take the Cambodians a great deal longer to heal the wounds. Against this background of national trauma, the level of cooperation among aid agencies provides pointers to future stability in the fledgling 'civil society' of Cambodia as the country begins to emerge from a long period of darkness.