Zippo: A Cambodian Love Story

Updated: May 16, 2019

The news was not good at all. Wen Johnson told this writer, with tears in his eyes, “Zippo is very, very sick. He has distemper. He will probably die.” “How,” he wondered, “could this dog matter so…


The news was not good at all. Wen Johnson told this writer, with tears in his eyes, “Zippo is very, very sick. He has distemper. He will probably die.”


“How,” he wondered, “could this dog matter so much after such a short time?”


Wen, an American originally from California, has a big heart, especially for the people in Cambodia. He had lived with his wife and family, in Japan, where he taught for many years. Now on his own, he decided to retire to Siem Reap. Wen works with the Cambodian Land Mine Museum, delivering supplies to the very rural schools the Museum has established on land they had cleared of landmines.