In 1993, Cambodia
was at war with the Khmer Rouge. The United Nations was participating
in full skirmishes with rebels in the north of the country. During
Paul's visit, by the UN's count, there were only eight 'vacationing'
travelers in Cambodia. This country just started issuing movie permits
and Siem Reap were crawling with the French UNITAC UN division.
Throughout the burnt out capital, fire destroyed, upturned cars
were littered along the city streets. The situation was a little
tense, but for Cambodia it was business as usual.
Upon my arrival
at the airport (all commercial traffic had been halted), I was escorted
to a UN briefing on the various land mines being used by the Khmer
Rouge. The Bouncing Bettys were the worst. If you stepped on one,
they bounce up and explode at waist level.