U.S. Announces New Contribution to Preserve Cambodia’s Historical Documents

The U.S. government announced US$5.8 million in additional endowment support to the Documentation Centre of Cambodia (DC-Cam) that will boost the sustainability of the organisation and its efforts to promote national peace and reconciliation through the preservation (both physically and digitally) of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge-era historical records, said a press release of the U.S. Embassy in Phnom penh AKP received this afternoon.

Since the endowment was established in 2005, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has now contributed a total of US$9.8 million to DC-Cam, pointed out the same source, adding that together, the U.S. government and DC-Cam are playing a prominent role in promoting memory, reconciliation, and healing in Cambodia.

Today's endowment contribution, together with USAID's past support, will provide the financial foundation for DC-Cam's operations over the next twenty years, noted USAID Cambodia Mission Director Polly Dunford.

"We are proud to support DC-Cam's efforts to create a brighter future by teaching young people about the value of learning history, preserving their culture, and promoting and protecting human rights," she said.

According to the press release, DC-Cam seeks to build a more peaceful society through genocide research and education. By documenting the grave human rights abuses of the Khmer Rouge period, DC-Cam has played an important role in helping Cambodians come to terms with untold suffering through the promotion of national peace and reconciliation.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press