The Khmer Rouge And The Cambodian Genocide

1155 WordsMay 2, 20175 Pages
Sisowath Doung Chanto was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and lost his life to the Cambodian Genocide, an unfortunate event that caused the death of around one and a half million people (Leslie 6). In Cambodia, a population of around seven million dropped down to around five million from the genocide as well as the accompanying famine, rebellion, and war. In 1975-1979, an infamous communist regime, called the Khmer Rouge, headed by Pol Pot, brutally killed twenty five percent of Cambodia’s original population. The Khmer Rouge regime savagely stole resources and countless skilled Cambodians and created immense suffering for survivors. Sisowath is only one of the innumerable individuals who endured a struggle for survival and perished during…show more content…
Chanto was in the category of the old generation, so he attempted to remain at home along with his family. This led to the Khmer Rouge’s forcible removal of Chanto from his home where he was physically abused and sentenced to death instead of going to the labor camps, which were known for their abhorrent conditions. Chanto was seized from his family’s home by the Khmer Rouge, restrained, and thrown with a few other men into a decrepit church. During his final days, he was starved and subjected to beatings from his brutal captors who made him pay for his bravery in standing up to Pol Pot’s soldiers. The viciousness of Chanto’s treatment at the hands of Khmer Rouge officials can be summarized in one sentence from his daughter, which she is quoted as saying after her mother had tracked down his captors in the years after the massacre. She asserted that the guards had seen him with, or inflicted upon him these injuries, as can be assumed, without reason or provocation other than their power and his helplessness. As she said, “[Chanto had received] bruises from the beating. His back and ribs were broken by the constant beating by the young Khmer Rouge Cadres. The beating was so severe that it paralyzed his speech and consciousness. By this time, he was just lying on the floor, unable to move or ask for mercy’’(Chanto 4). Two days after arrival, and succeeding many hours of
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