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THE ARCHIVE OF AMBASSADOR KENNETH M. QUINN
FROM THE MISSISSIPPI TO THE MEKONG
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A Day in June 1973: Witnessing the Birth of the Genocidal Khmer Rouge

15/6/73

Amb Quinn describes how he and his fiancé visited the Seven Mountains area in Chau Doc province along the Cambodian border, including climbing to the top of Nuy Sam. Standing on top of that mountain, they see 50 to 60 smoke plumes rising out of the Cambodian countryside. By interviewing many of the Cambodians who sought refuge across the border in Vietnam, Amb. Quinn subsequently wrote a forty-page AirGram, the first report by anyone about the radical policies of the genocidal Khmer Rouge, who had seized control of the entire revolutionary resistance movement that 14 months later would impose its will on the entire country.

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