Between 1975 and 1979 the seemingly peaceful nation of Cambodia succumbed to one of the most bloodthirsty revolutions in modern history. Nearly two million people were killed. As head of the Khmer Rouge's secret police, Comrade Duch was responsible for the murder of more than 20,000 of them. Twenty years later, not one member of the Khmer Rouge had been held accountable for what had happened, and Comrade Duch had disappeared. Photographer Nic Dunlop became obsessed with the idea of finding Duch, and shedding light on a secret and brutal world that had been sealed off to outsiders. Then, by chance, he came face to face with him The Lost Executioner describes Dunlop's personal journey to the heart of the Khmer Rouge and his quest to find out what actually happened in Pol Pot's Cambodia and why.
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'Nic Dunlop's remarkable journey into the dark, suffering heart of Cambodia is a revelation' John Pilger 'Nic Dunlop's search for the holy grail - the understanding of how (rather than why) good men become evil - makes this into a harrowing book' Gitta Sereny 'Nic Dunlop's book, a vivid, highly personalised account of his quest for comrade Duch, the Khmer Rouge's chief jailer, interrogator and butcher, leads us deep into this ideological heart of darkness' Sunday Telegraph 'His book vividly depicts the war, the meticulous records kept by the KR of their victims, their horrible tortures and the effect of the tragedy on Cambodians today. It is a tough and brilliant read' Irish Times
Nic Dunlop was born in Ireland in 1969. He attended the Central School of Art and Design in London before becoming a photographer in 1990. His work has appeared in numerous publications worldwide. In 1999, he was co-recipient of an award from the Johns Hopkins University 'for excellence in international Journalism' for exposing the head of the Khmer Rouge Secret police, Comrade Duch. He lives in Bangkok.