Never Fall Down is based on Arn Chorn’s experience with the Khmer Rouge and the labor camps in Cambodia. It starts off with Arn living as a normal child when the Khmer Rouge show up and say the Americans are going to bomb the city. Everyone ends up leaving with them in a long march, which eventually ends with the Khmer Rouge ordering them to set up camps. After that, the Khmer Rouge replaces everyone’s possessions with a uniform for him or her to wear. The Khmer Rouge then say it’s now Year Zero and everyone is to worship Angka and grow rice. Arn follows the orders of the Khmer Rouge in order to stay alive. He learns to play an instrument in the camp, which helps him stay alive. At the end of the book, Arn is now fighting the Vietnamese with the Khmer Rouge in the war. He flees from battle and ends up in a refugee hospital. After becoming friends with one of the American volunteers there, he goes to America. While in the U.S, Arn begins a new life speaking out against the genocide in Cambodia.
This photo was taken on April 17, 1975 while the Khmer Rouge were taking Phnom Penh. This relates to my research because it shows the Khmer Rouge uprising in Cambodia. To me, this photo is ironic because the Khmer Rouge said to evacuate and be safe, but they ended up being the killers.
This article talks about Pol Pot who was the leader of the Khmer Rouge and the man behind the genocide in Cambodia. It describes how he was a very secretive person and kept his plans for the revolution to himself. Also, it states he has been rumored dead or dying multiple times, but it was never confirmed. The article also mentions how Pol Pot studied Marx and Lenin while he was planning for the revolution in Cambodia. It finishes by talking about how Vietnam ended up invading Cambodia and driving the Khmer Rouge out of the country and causing Pol Pot to go into hiding.
The article I have chosen talks about post war Cambodia. First, it goes into how Cambodia was inducted into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and that the U.S has to do more than bring Khmer Rouge officers to trial. Also, the article states that Cambodia had a very large military made up of over 200,000 people. However, Cambodia is unable to pay for its soldiers. Furthermore, a man named Hun Sen, who is with the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), is going to lose control over the military with the reforms that are put in place. Finally, it states that the U.S can no longer give money directly to the Cambodian government, but the U.S can sponsor training programs for civilians.
Sustainable Cambodia is a relief organization that helps families in rural Cambodian villages. Their mission is for the rural villages to become self-sufficient. This is achieved through providing education, healthcare, clothing, clean water, and helping set up farms. Their paid staff is only native Cambodians while everyone else is a volunteer. This makes sure that 100% of each donation received goes to their cause. Donations are made online. It’s possible to sponsor a child for their School-Life for $150 a year and/or the Home-Life for $150 a year. Also, there is the option of sponsoring a village for a single donation of $1000 to $5000.
The documentary Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia is a film that was released in 1979 shortly after the Khmer Rouge were taken out of power. To begin, the narrator, John Pilger, talks about how the prince who had control of Cambodia was overthrown. He talked about how President Nixon and Harry Kissinger ordered the secret bombing of Cambodia. Then he talks about how Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge worked together and took advantage of the ravaged Cambodia. From there, they document how the Khmer Rouge led the people into the countryside and made prison camps. Then they go over the genocide that was happening in the camps. Afterwards they talk to the only six survivors of one specific camp. Towards the end, John Pilger talks about how little the countries of the world have done to help the people of Cambodia. He specifically states that countries don’t send a lot of aid to Cambodia because they don’t want to upset their trade agreements with China.
This is a map of Cambodia. To the north is Thailand and in the south is Vietnam. The capital of the country is Phnom Penh. Normally its major cities would be full of life, but after the Khmer Rouge's reign most of them became ghost towns.
This article covers the history of Cambodia from its founding to present day. First, it goes over the rise of the Khmer Rouge after the U.S bombing in Vietnam drove people out of the countryside on April 17, 1975. Also, the beliefs of the Khmer Rouge are mentioned in the article. It states that Angka is a term meaning “the organization” and also how they originally aimed for nonviolent ways to spread their beliefs. This then leads into the development of the labor camps in Cambodia, specifically speaking about Tuol Sleng. Tuol Sleng was one of the largest killing fields in Cambodia at the time. After this, the article goes on to talk about how the number of deaths should be measured due to the lack of records. Finally, the article explains how major Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia should be tried for crimes against humanity. At the end, there is a chronology of events listed from March 1975, when Prince Sihanouk was overthrown, to February 2001 when the trials of the Khmer Rouge began.
DanChurchAid is a Christian organization that bases its work on the equality of every human being. They help all around the world where their work is most needed. DanChurchAid has been helping Cambodia since the early 1980s and is still helping to this day. Over in Cambodia, they have helped with the early reconstruction after the civil war. As of the 1990s, they have focused on the rights of women, ending hunger, and HIV/AIDS prevention. There is also the problem of flooding in Cambodia, which DanChurchAid works to prevent.
I would choose to read this book next. It contains a collection of nonfiction accounts that tell how some Jewish prisoners broke free and actually fought the Nazis. It seems interesting due to the fact that it isn't only survival, but also rebellion.
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