By Dith Pran, Kim DePaul, Ben Kiernan
This amazing publication includes eyewitness bills of existence in Cambodia in the course of Pol Pot's genocidal Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979, bills written via survivors who have been youngsters on the time. The ebook has been prepare through Dith Pran, whose personal studies in Cambodia have been so graphically portrayed within the movie The Killing Fields.
The tales comparable right here endure poignant witness to the slaughter the Khmer Rouge inflicted at the Cambodian humans. The participants -- so much of them now within the usa and pictured in pictures that accompany their tales -- document on existence in Democratic Kampuchea as obvious via children's eyes. They communicate in their bewilderment and soreness as Khmer Rouge cadres tore their households aside, subjected them to harsh brainwashing, drove them from their houses to paintings in forced-labor camps, and carried out captives in entrance of them. Their tales inform of pain and the lack of innocence, the fight to outlive opposed to all odds, and the final word triumph of the human spirit.
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They openly showed their intention to destroy the family structure that once held love, faith, comfort, happiness, and companionship. They took young children from their homes to live in a commune so that they could indoctrinate them. Parents lost their children. Families were separated. We were not allowed to cry or show any grief when they took away our loved ones. A man would be killed if he lost an ox he was assigned to tend. A woman would be killed if she was too tired to work. Human life wasn't even worth a bullet.
Our family had to survive even though we had almost nothing. My grandfather, older brother, and brother-in-law built a small hut out of bamboo they cut down. It had a bamboo floor to protect us from snakes and palm leaves for the roof. Thirteen of us lived together in the hut. All of us started to get sick from malnutrition. Many were getting malaria. There was no medicine and no doctors. Finally we began to eat banana and papaya trees-not the fruit of the trees. We would peel off some layers of the bark, then cut off pieces of the tree and boil them with salt.
After a long walk the soldiers told the people to find a place to rest. My father found a spot under a coconut tree. My mother helped my father lay out a bamboo mat. I was tired from walking. I found myself a flat spot on the mat and plopped on it. I looked down at my feet. I had blisters everywhere. My mother asked me if I was hurt. I told her I was okay, but she looked at my feet and knew that I wasn't telling the truth. She told me it was going to be all right. She brought me to a nearby stream so I could relax my feet in the cold water.
Children of Cambodia's Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors (Southeast Asia Studies) by Dith Pran, Kim DePaul, Ben Kiernan