"The Evacuation of Phnom Penh", 1980-81, Bun Heang Un (1952-2014), Australian National University, Canberra
"People of Maesar Prachan", 1980-81, Bun Heang Un (1952-2014), Australian National University, Canberra
Cambodian cartoonist Bun Heang Un died on 8 February this year. He and his wife Phiny came to Australia as refugees in 1980, having lived through Pol Pot’s genocide and the killing fields of Kampuchea/Cambodia.
One of his great legacies is a series of 90 cartoons, donated to the Australian National University in 2012, drawn in 1980 and 1981, which depicted life under the Khmer Rouge. Most can also be seen here at Bun’s own blog, along with commentary.
Bun’s cartoons, blog and commentary are poignant witness testimony to an unfathomably insane, brutal and senseless period of human history. RIP.