Lead: In 1975, Cambodia came under the control of one of history's most notorious dictators. Under Pol Pot the land endured four years of disruption and genocide.
Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: At the heart of the Indochinese land mass is the gentle land of Cambodia. Once the seat of the Angkor or Khmer Empire, one of the most advanced and powerful civilizations of ancient Southeast Asia, Cambodia was rule by a French colonial government from 1863 until the nation's independence in the 1950s. Tropical monsoons bring flooding to the rice fields of the Mekong River Valley during half the year.