This is a map of Cambodia with the surrounding countries. It also labes major cities in Cambodia. Cambodia lies in the tropic region, which means it is hot and humid most of the time. Tonle Sap ( Great Lake) is the most dominant feature of the country.
This is a picture of the remains of citizens that were killed by the Khmer Rouge army. The Khmer Rouge forced everyone to become farmer and killed anyone who disagreed with them. The sight of piles of dead bodies would have been normal in Cambodia from 1975 to 1979.
“2 senior Khmer Rouge leaders deny charges of crimes against humanity” is an article stating that old leader of the Khmer believe they did nothing wrong, while an estimated 1.7 million people died under their regime from 1975 to 1979. Nuon Chea, 86, also known as "Brother Number 2," the chief ideologue of the Communist Party of Kampuchea, and Khieu Samphan, 81, the regime's former head of state, are charged with crimes against humanity related to the forced movement of the population from Phnom Penh in April 1975 according to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC). Chea said the eviction was in fears of the bombardments by the United States on Phnom Penh City after the collapse of the Lon Nol's government. Khieu Samphan said that he wanted the court to give him justice, saying that he was innocent. However, prosecutors insisted on Wednesday that Cambodia's war-crime court should give life imprisonment to the two Khmer Rouge leaders. So far, the tribunal has achieved only one conviction toward Tuol Sleng, leader of prison Kaing Guek Eav, to life in prison for overseeing the deaths of around 15,000 people during the regime.
Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia is a 1979 British television documentary written by the journalist John Pilger, and produced and directed by David Munro. The film recounts the brutality and genocide that occurred when Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge militia took over Cambodia. The documentary shows the reasons Pol Pot rose to power and the lack of aid given after his demise. Also, it shows the poverty and suffering of the people, and the limited aid since given by the West. It showed survivors of the Killing Fields to explain some of the issues befell the small country. Viewers were so moved by the program that they donated $45 million in aid.
“The Extraordinary Trial of Khmer Rouge Leaders” is an article about the war crime trails of the Khmer Rouge leaders. The trail is an attempt to deliver justice to more than 1.7 million Cambodians killed by the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979. It has been called one the most significant war crimes trials since Nuremberg. ” However, Nuon Chea, the highest-ranking surviving leader of the regime, has been hospitalized. Moreover, ill health among the other accused that are all over 80, threatens to terminate the trial completely. The trail was set up by the United Nations and the Cambodian government and has convicted just one man, Kaing Guek Eav, the commander of the main Khmer Rouge prison. The Khmer Rouge’s main leader, Pol Pot, died in 1998 without being tried. People have warned that the United Nations may never complete the Case, thereby failing to bring justice to Cambodia. Many people all over the world will continue to watch with strong anticipation.
Never Fall Down is a story of a young Cambodian boy whose life was completely changed by the Khmer Rouge and the Cambodian Revolution of 1975. The ideology of the Khmer Rouge was that all educated and city people were not needed and that everyone had to become farmers like them. As a result, The Khmer Rouge killed all the officials and teachers because they believed farming was the only important skill in life. Then, they forced people out of the towns and made them work in separated camps, separating families and destroying friendships. Even little kids as young as five had to work in the fields all day with no breaks and received minuscule amounts of food. Arn was one of those children, and his life was completely unbearable. The only way to survive was to play an instrument so he wouldn’t have to work in the fields. All the while, the littlest mistake would get you killed by the Khmer Rouge. It continued like this for two years. Just as the country was about to be liberated, Arn is forced to fight in the army thereby killing the people who are trying to save him. Eventually Arn escaped and found a humanitarian camp where an American family adopted him. However, to this day Arn can’t escape the horror and nightmares of the life he has lived.
Sustainable Cambodia is an organization designed to help Cambodian villages to become self-sustaining communities where people want to live, with healthy water and facilities, good food, health care and education for the residents, maintain environmental and social responsibility, and employment that allows residents to sustain and continually improve their quality of life. Sustainable Cambodia provides education and training by instituting adult literacy centers, village preschools, mobile libraries, and health & sanitation centers. The organization also provides improvement to villages. They build fresh drinking water wells, collect rainwater, create vegetable gardens and irrigation, and offer a Pass-Om farm animal program. Sustainable Cambodia is an organization that will help anyone no matter the cost. To date, they have helped thousands of people and continue to make a difference in so many lives.
This is an interview by the author to Arn Chorn-Pond( The main character of the novel.) It gives a breif summary of the book. The intterview helps the reader better understand the book. Also, it explains the actions Arn took to ensure his survival.
“Friends Without A Border's Gala Honors Cambodian Genocide Refugee and Peace Activist” is an article stating the achievements of Arn Chorn-Pond. He will receive the Healing Cambodia Award of 2012. Arn’s credentials come from taking place in the Cambodian Revolution of 1975. He and hundreds of other children were forced to work in a prison camp for three years. The only way Arn survived was to play a musical instrument for the Khmer Rouge leaders. When the Vietnamese tried to take back the country, Arn was forced to fight for the Khmer Rouge. After escaping Cambodia, Arn Chorn-Pond has helped to restore traditions to a destroyed nation. As the founder of Cambodian Living Arts, Arn funded a renewal of the country's artistic expressions and brought back its dying art forms. Additionally, Arn has trained thousands of doctors as part of his mission to help rebuild the nation's healthcare system, much of which was destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. Arn Chorn-Pond is also co-founder of Children of War, and of the Southeast Asian Big Brothers/Big Sisters Association of Providence, RI. Lastly, he is the recipient of the Spirit of Anne Frank Outstanding Citizen Award and the Amnesty International Human Rights Award.
After reading about the horrible genocide by the Khmer Rouge, I would like to learn how other people have dealt with genocide. The Cambodian genocide has been compared to the Holocaust on many different occasions. Reading the story of the Holocaust resistance would be a great experience to help understand what happened. Beyond Courage will hopefully be a inspiring novel.
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