Robert Carmichael

Correspondent and author



I am a foreign correspondent based in Phnom Penh, and am also the author of When Clouds Fell From the Sky: A Disappearance, A Daughter’s Search and Cambodia’s First War Criminal.

It will be published in April 2015, the 40th anniversary of the fall of Phnom Penh.

When Clouds Fell From the Sky combines the lives of five people to recount Cambodia’s catastrophic time under Pol Pot’s totalitarian 1975-79 rule, which cost the lives of two million people.

it shows how a devastating act of violence against one person had repercussions that can never be undone.

When Clouds Fell From the Sky is my most recent work on Cambodia. You can read more about it on this website here, and on the book’s website here.

In 2012 I wrote the 21,000-word text for the iPad app Quest for Land by Magnum photographer John Vink, a long-term resident of Cambodia. John has spent more than a decade documenting land and evictions, and his app is a vital record of one of the country’s most pressing problems.

John and I have also collaborated on two e-books: 30 Years for a Trial (about the war crimes trial of S-21‘s Comrade Duch) and A Fine Thread (about the growth of the garment industry in Cambodia).

I was the president of the Overseas Press Club of Cambodia, an association of foreign journalists, between 2010 and 2012. The OPCC stands for press freedom and related issues, and brings together like-minded people on media issues.

For the record, the photographs are:

  1. 1.Nuns protest the killing of women candidates ahead of the general election in 2003.

  2. 2.Two men rescue wooden boards at a huge slum fire in Phnom Penh in 2002.

  3. 3.Angkor Wat at night. The most renowned aspect of Cambodia, and the drawcard for two million tourists each year.

Finally, all images and articles on this site are copyright. Either they belong to the broadcaster/wire service or to Magnum’s John Vink as noted, or if they are unattributed then they are mine. Please don’t take them. Many thanks.


You can find information about my book as well as a selection of my television stories, print articles, radio broadcasts and photographs on these pages.

You can follow me on Twitter: @Carmichael_Rob

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