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Personal Steps for Intervening in Genocide

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Title

Personal Steps for Intervening in Genocide

Subject

Genocide -- Prevention.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Arn Chorn-Pond, a survivor of the Cambodian Genocide. This video was originally produced by Media Entertainment, Inc., for the 2000 documentary The Genocide Factor.

Creator

Media Entertainment, Inc.

Source

Genocide Factor Collection, Oral History Program, Tampa Library,
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Publisher

Tampa, Fla. : University of South Florida Tampa Library.

Date

1999-09-10

Contributor

Chorn-Pond, Arn

Relation

G36-00044
Tape number: 4074D

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Nelson, Jane

Interviewee

Chorn-Pond, Arn

Location

Lowell, Massachusetts

Transcription

Right now we are numb, because we hear this thing from the news and we're fed up with that, and it just happened in Cambodia. It just happened in East Timor. Each individual of us cannot do anything about it. Wrong! For me, when I work with youth on the street, right now I met kids--I'm a Reebok Human Rights Award, Reebok recipient of human rights award. I am now writing letters, I now still have time. If you find time, you have time. Writing letters--I'm not gonna be victim anymore, I'm not gonna be a bystander anymore. Anything I can do. If I have to give up going to discotheque tonight, I'll give up a little bit. I'm not gonna give up; I compromise. I write an hour and then I go to dance. I write an hour and then I hang out with girls. I have time for that. So, I wrote--like asking the CVCD in Cambodia, I wrote email to them and say, "Help out. Write letters to East Timor government or to the Malaysian government and help letters, whatever they can do." And a letter is small; it seem to be a small thing. Writing letters? What you talking about? It's not gonna be effective. It does. Whatever each individual take the step, positive step, it does. It does make an effect. And that's when the dictatorship or Hitler of everywhere will take notice that people are not gonna stand by and be quiet. And if you're quiet, if good people are quiet, and so let them do. You see? That's the problem. And America can do so much; American citizens can do so much, with the money, with resources. That's why I'm gonna take my kids, many of the gang kids that I work with, I'm gonna maybe exchange them to go to Cambodia in the future, or to East Timor to help out. You know? We can do so much, each individual of us. So I want to say, just look deep and spend some more time, and have a good intention, whatever you do. So that's the answer I have. I'm not sure whether, you know, wrong or right. And I'm always wrong; many times I'm wrong, but you know. Adults this day, they seem to be a lot of them maybe think they're right all the time. I've heard it today too, from one of the house master in high school. They said, "I'm always right." I have a doubt about that. I feel very bad he says that. But you know, many adults who forced me to carry guns and stuff like that, and they think they're always right, they make war. Young people--I told you I feel bad when I was young that people don't listen to you very well. My feeling is legitimate. My feelings as a young kid are legitimate. Adults refuse to listen to you, and they think they're always right. That's no peace. (laughs) That's a big one. So they always right, they think they're always right, and they make war. That's no peace.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

3:33

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “Personal Steps for Intervening in Genocide,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed November 17, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/519.

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