Corinne Purtill got her start covering snipers, prostitution and planning board meetings for the Gazette newspapers near Washington, DC. After decamping to Phnom Penh to work as a reporter and editor for the Cambodia Daily, she later covered the environment for the Arizona Republic, with a very successful stint at Trader Joe’s in between. Her work has appeared in Salon, CNN.com, USA Today, NBCNews.com and other outlets. Previously GlobalPost’s Senior Correspondent for the United Kingdom, she is now a reporter for Quartz.
Corinne has a BA in English from Stanford University and lives in California with her family. Email her at corinne.purtill at gmail.com and follow her on Twitter at @corinnepurtill.
In 2004, 34 men, women and children stepped out of a forest in southern Laos. They had never seen cars, telephones or television, and believed that they were refugees from a war engulfing their native Cambodia. They did not know that the war they were fleeing had in fact ended — a full 25 years earlier. Journalist Corinne Purtill traveled to Cambodia to learn about their life on the run.
In 2004, 34 people stepped out of a forest believing they were refugees of a war that had ended 25 years earlier. This excerpt from 'Ghosts in the Forest' introduces their story.
It contains practical, foolhardy, and sometimes harrowing stories of the search for weed in the world’s unlikeliest corners.
And he won't stop until he finds it.
Amnesty International has taken lots of flak for its stance.