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Last updated: 21 july, 2010 - 13:32 GMT

Communications

Listening Post

Listening Post is a series that invites close, unhurried listening to the stories of individuals and the histories they carry with them.

In part one we meet Mary, a civil servant whose family fled Cambodia in the 1980s.

In part two we talk to Philip, a father who reflects on his son's suicide.

Part One - Mary Thida Lun

Mary Thida Lun (right) and her mother

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Oxford-educated and courting a cavalry officer, Mary Thida Lun is perhaps typical of a well-to-do young English woman.

But within her family Mary is known as Thida, the daughter of parents who fled Cambodia in 1981.

While on a visit to her family home in Oxfordshire, she looks through photo albums of her lost relatives and listens to her mother’s stories of how sewing colourful underwear saved her life during the Pol Pot regime.

First broadcast on 21 July 2010

Part Two - Philip McTaggart

Philip McTaggart at a shrine for his dead son in Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Philip McTaggart lives in the shadow of his son's suicide.

Nicknamed Pip, Philip's son was just 17 when he died.

The trauma of the suicide led Philip to an awareness of the alarming rates of suicide and self-harm among young people in Northern Ireland.

In response he set up the Public Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide and Self-Harm - or PIPS - and began to help a community recovering from decades of disruption and violence in the aftermath of Belfast's Troubles.

First broadcast on 28 July 2010

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