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By Dith Pran, Kim DePaul, Ben Kiernan

This amazing ebook includes eyewitness debts of existence in Cambodia in the course of Pol Pot's genocidal Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979, debts written through survivors who have been youngsters on the time. The publication has been prepare by means of Dith Pran, whose personal stories in Cambodia have been so graphically portrayed within the movie The Killing Fields.

The tales similar right here endure poignant witness to the slaughter the Khmer Rouge inflicted at the Cambodian humans. The individuals -- such a lot of them now within the usa and pictured in photos that accompany their tales -- file on lifestyles in Democratic Kampuchea as noticeable via children's eyes. They communicate in their bewilderment and ache 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 accomplished captives in entrance of them. Their tales inform of agony and the lack of innocence, the fight to outlive opposed to all odds, and the last word triumph of the human spirit.

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I shivered all day long. My sisters had to take turns lying on top of me to stop me from shivering to death. My family once again had to face the fact that another one of their children may die. My body had turned yellow by now, but I was a fighter and I wanted to live. It wasn't long after my illness that we had to move to a new village in Battambang, which was supposed to be a better place. A big military truck came to move us along with SREYTOUCH SVAY-RYSER about half of the village people. We took our few belongings.

Soon after, my other aunt died. We found her body already stiff when we woke one morning. The neighbors helped us bury them but we had no grave markers. So many had been buried around the village that it was impossible to keep track of the burial places. By the next day, we couldn't tell where their graves were. Within about three months after the deaths of my aunts, my grandmother died, and then my older sister. She had already buried her husband and children, and she had nothing to live for. The rest of us continued to struggle to survive.

I had to feed them, change their ragged cloth diapers, give them baths, and sing to them. I also had to water the vegetable garden, going down to the river and back, carrying the heavy water. I looked into my mother's eyes and I told her what I saw that afternoon. My mother became stiff. She couldn't move her jaw muscles. She kept looking at me for a few minutes. Then she told me not to mention the incident to anyone. That night the man was killed by two gunshots. Angka killed him because he was an educated man.

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