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Conflict

Rand, Nelson

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ISBN 10: 1905379544 / ISBN 13: 9781905379545
Published by Turnaround, 2009
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Title: Conflict

Publisher: Turnaround

Publication Date: 2009

Book Condition:Good

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Nelson Rand is an intrepid adventurer. Despite the warnings and threats against his life, he journeyed into the most dangerous parts of Southeast Asia to witness the plight of the oppressed. He hiked through the jungles of Laos to interview Hmong guerillas, the remnants of the rebel army that refused to surrender to the communist government. In Vietnam, he ventured into the central highlands to document the civil rights abuses suffered by the Montagard people, persecuted by the communist government because they fought alongside American forces in the Vietnam War. He saw action in Burma where he joined forces with the Karen National Liberation Army and accompanied the insurgents as they mounted full scale attacks on Junta forces. Rand describes the Karen's plight as one of the worst humanitarian disasters of our time. He documented cases of rape, killings, torture and the forced relocation of Karen villages. His audacious journey also took him to southern Thailand in search of Islamic extremists, who have turned the region into a war zone. While travelling in Cambodia, he accompanied government soldiers on their final offensive against the Khmer Rouge. Rand's book is a highly informative but sobering portrait of Southeast Asia and its secret conflicts.

About the Author:

Nelson Rand has lived in Southeast Asia for over ten years working as a freelance journalist, which has taken him to some of the most remote and little known conflict areas of the region. A subeditor for The Nation newspaper, and a regular contributor to the Asia Times, he has also worked as a political contractor for the Embassy of Canada in Thailand. He currently resides in Bangkok. His first book Conflict: Journeys through war and terror in Southeast Asia was published by Maverick House in 2009. Conflict documents time spent with the Hmong, the Karen, the Montagnards of Vietnam and the Muslim rebels in the south of Thailand. Reviewing the obscure histories behind each of these conflicts and the atrocities behind them, the book also focuses on time spent with the Cambodian government troops tracking down the last of the Khmer Rouge in northern Cambodia. Conflict: Journeys through war and terror in Southeast Asia was met with largely positive reviews. On May 14, 2010 Rand was shot in the leg, hand and abdomen whilst covering the Red-Shirt protests in Bangkok.

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