Sophari Ashley lost family members during the Genocide in Cambodia and was forced to leave her home in Phnom Penh aged ten. Whilst the psychological and physical effects of genocide have stayed with her, she now leads a more secure life in the UK.
Chanrithy Him is a child survivor of the Genocide in Cambodia. She experienced unimaginable trauma when she lost both her parents and five siblings during Pol Pot’s regime. Today, she finds strength in telling her story and sharing a part of her culture through the medium of dance.
Var was working as an English teacher in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, and her husband was working for UNESCO in Paris, when the Khmer Rouge took control of the city. This written testimony was shared for HMD 2014 - Journeys.
In this film for HMD 2014, survivor of the Genocide in Cambodia Var Ashe Houston describes being forced from her home by the Khmer Rouge.
Cambodian Genocide survivor Denise Affonço and her family were forced from the capital Phnom Penh to toil as slave farmers for four years. Her husband was taken away by the Khmer Rouge, never to be seen again, and her daughter died of starvation. This testimony is an extract from her book, 'To the End of Hell'.
Sokphal Din was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. After the city fell to the Khmer Rouge, he and his family were among those driven into the killing fields. In this film he describes his experiences.
Arn Chorn-Pond was born in 1966 in Battambang, the second largest city in Cambodia, in south-east Asia. When the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia, Arn was sent with hundreds of other children to a prison camp. He survived by entertaining soldiers with his flute-playing.
In this education case study from 2012 we highlight the story of Chum Mey, one of the few people to survive the infamous Tuol Sleng prison in Cambodia. Chum Mey's family were killed during the Genocide in Cambodia. Chum Mey testified at the trial of Kaing Guek Eav- the Khmer Rouge's Comrade Duch.
Mardi Seng was 10 years old when the Khmer Rouge took over Phnom Penh. Mardi and his family were forced from the city to live as farmers in the countryside. They survived four years of slave labour and terror, including five months in a prison camp.
Cambodian Genocide survivor Sophal Leng Stagg endured three years surrounded by starvation, sickness and death, but survived to tell her story.
Ronnie Yimsut was 13 years old when the Khmer Rouge took power. He and his extended family were removed from their homes and forced to work in collective camps. During the last week of 1977, Ronnie's family was rounded up and killed by the Khmer Rouge. Of the dozens killed that day, only Ronnie survived.