These short portraits are mainly taken from the rank and file Khmer Rouge - mostly ex-soldiers. Most never joined the Revolution of their own accord - they were conscripted as young adolescents into the military, "the absolute tool of Angkar", it was called. They will give you interesting details about their everyday experiences and the Pol Pot regime. Still, these interviews were not carried out in vain as a number of features of Democratic Kampuchea were confirmed, while even some new details have been revealed. One soldier said Phnom Penh had been evacuated because "we were afraid of the enemies hiding inside". Another female cadre claimed she was always kind to those who took a rest, but after being warned twice, the security had to be told in case of a third failing, because "what you are told to do must be done".
These pages from Cambodia's tragic history make fascinating reading for the younger generation, in order to make sure history does not repeat itself.
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The past 10 years of our work paved the way for a bright future of Youth for Peace. The lessons from our successes, failures, and encountered challenges are significant steps in moving forward to a peaceful and promising future. In the next 10 years, YFP as well as the new initiative of the Peace Institute of Cambodia will continue its fi rm mission to make remarkable changes in the grass-root communities as well as in the Cambodian society as a whole. We hope that an increasing number of young people will continue to engage in peaceful solutions to social conflicts and participate in a sustainable social development which brings about a culture of peace and a culture of democracy.
On December 16, the second Public Forum organized by Youth for Peace on ‘Youth Participation for Justice and Reconciliation’ took place at Pratak Krala Dam, Bosnhinh Village, Kon Sat Commune, Toek Chhou District in Kampot Province.
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YFP and Kraing Tachan Community Holds Public Forum in Kraing Ta Chan
PHNOM PENH, 25 October 2010: The Youth For Peace (YFP) and the community of Kraing Tachan will host a public forum entitled “Youth Participation for Justice and Reconciliation” to build dialogue on justice and reconciliation of Khmer Rouge survivors, and to move towards building a culture of memory, in Takeo Province on Thursday, October 28th, 2010. More detail please click here.