University of Louisville –
Photographic Archives

University of Louisville, Belknap Campus
Ekstrom Library – Lower Level, Room 17
2215 S 3rd St.
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 852-6752
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Living the Cambodia Nightmare: Photographs by Jay Mather
Dates: October 3 – December 16, 2019
Events: Opening Reception October 3, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

In November of 1979, while working for the Courier-Journal in Louisville, KY, Jay Mather and fellow journalist Joel Brinkley traveled to the Thailand-Cambodia border to document the massive exodus of Cambodian refugees fleeing the wrath of the Khmer Rouge regime. While there they documented the work of Dr. Kenneth Rasmussen, a Louisville, Kentucky emergency pediatric physician, and a United Nations High Commission for Refugees doctor. He treated hundreds of Cambodians, many of them children, in a small clinic established in the border town of Aranyaprathet, Thailand. Mather and Brinkley’s stories and photographs that appeared in the Courier-Journal were awarded the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. On the 40th anniversary of these events, the University of Louisville Photographic Archives is proud to present Jay Mather’s Cambodia photographs.

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