Run, Run, Run: A Young Boy's Journey through the Cambodian Tragedy
Survival is the game - death must be avoided. How to avoid the genocide? Even more problematic, how does a five year old boy escape starvation, execution, and fatal illness? How can a young boy maintain family ties when Pol Pot is cutting families apart by assignment to different, far removed camps?
This is the story. It is a true story and is utterly amazing. In the survivor's own words. More
Cambodia, 1975, Pol Pot succeeds in military vistory and ascends to a four year ablolute dictatorship. After victory, he plunges Cambodia into total isolation and inflicts genocide on 25% of his citizens, a per capita rate exceeding that of any other country in history including Germany. Pol dreams that counterrevolutionary forces will take control, thus ousting him from power. This must be stopped at all costs.To assure it never happens, a list of executable infractions (inflicted on entire famiiles, even children and infants)is established and includes: education, wealth, speaking a foreign language, wearing glasses, living in urban centers, and the list goes on and on. To further prevent counterrevolution, all cities are evacuated and families are broken up by sending parents and children to different, isolated work camps. Family life is smashed.