A Cambodian’s Story

A Cambodian’s Story

I met a young man in Cambodia.  He told his story.  He was seven when Pol Pot arrested and took his parents away.  They were teachers.  He never saw them again.  They were executed.  He was sent to a camp for indoctrination.  When he was eleven he was sent for military training and taught to shoot at live running targets, fellow Cambodians.  Since he was small and the gun was heavy, he was transferred to the prison and assigned the job of cleaning out the buckets of human waste.  At the prison he witnessed the tortures and executions.  He still has nightmares and sleep problems and works as a guide for tourists.  After the collapse of the Pol Pot regime he lived in a U.N. camp and was taught English.  He thanks the United Nations for training and education and his current job.  How could a child survive the horrors he has seen?   Difficult to imagine for an American living in a free country.