Cambodian Genocide Research Paper

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The Cambodian Genocide Imagine you were forced out of your house and were taken to the countryside to do backbreaking, agricultural work. If you were caught conversing without permission, you would’ve been arrested, taken to prison, then executed. Van Nath, a survivor from the Cambodian genocide recalled this event by telling Christiane Amanpour, the Chief International Correspondent of CNN, “I thought that was the end of my life. In my room people kept dying, one or two everyday “ (1). Like Van, the lives of many other people changed drastically because of this genocide as well as the United States because according to the Holocaust Museum of Houston,” The Khmer Rouge used the United States’ actions to recruit followers and as an excuse…show more content…
According to Youk Chhang, the Executive Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia and also runs the Cambodia Tribunal Center website, claims that a couple days after they had taken control, “ ...the Khmer Rouge forced perhaps two million people in Phnom Penh and other cities into the countryside to undertake agricultural work “ (3). They went door-to-door, demanding people to gather their belongings and to evacuate. If the citizens did not comply, they were shot on the spot. In addition to the two million people that were captured, Youk Chhang also claimed that people panicked and wanted to stay alive but despite wanting that, thousands of people died because of the evacuation itself. Four years later, this massacre ended. It is stated in the Holocaust Museum of Houston that within that four year span, “...the Khmer Rouge killed more than 1.7 million people through work, starvation and torture “…show more content…
The Vietnamese troops made their way into Cambodia and captured Phnom Penh, and Cambodia now lays under the newly established Vietnamese regime. The economy started to fall under Pol Pot and according to World Without Genocide, “...all professionals, engineers, technicians and planners who could potentially reorganize Cambodia had been killed in the genocide “ (1). The Khmer Rouge influence began to decrease and in addition to who could’ve potentially reorganized Cambodia, the World Without Genocide claims that, “In 1997, Pol Pot himself was arrested by Khmer Rouge members; a ‘mock’ trial was staged and Pol Pot was found guilty” (1). He then died of natural causes in 1998. This genocide teaches students that back then, life wasn’t as easy as it seemed and there are evil people in the world despite how they may look on the outside. It also teaches them to not be easily influenced by others and to be strong in what they believe in. In the long run, if an event like this were to re-occur, we would know how to solve it and hopefully prevent it from happening

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