From Kampong Cham to Battambang
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
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The time when they tell us that we have to leave, they evacuate us again. All the newest people gotta leave. And I remember my grandmother, she had been apart from us all this time, and now she’s alone and she’s old—I believe at the time she is in her seventies. And she wanted to come with us, and we wanted to bring her with us so bad. I remember whatever we have, we trying to give it to them so that they will allow my grandmother to come with us. And they would say no, she’s not allowed to come with us, and nobody allowed to stay with her. And so we have to leave her there.
Oh, gosh. He wanted to bring my mother—his mother—with us. So I remember he was crying that night. He was sitting, my mother was sitting, and they talk almost all night long. In the middle of the night when I wake up, I hear them still sit and talk, and I hear my father crying, and my grandmother is crying and my mother also weeping. And the next morning, as we about to leave, my father sobbed out of control. He’s just hug his mother and hug his mother, and it was kind of sad for me to see.
Yeah, it was very sad. Every—I believe we have a radio that time that my brother brought from America, and he gave it to one of the neighbor and say, “Please, take care of my mother for me.” But he was very sad. It’s very, very sad.
We left my grandmother and then they tell us to go to this small town that right next to my grandmother, and we will get on a boat and go to destination unknown. They did not tell us where we go, but they tell us, “Just get on the boat,” and we will know when we get there.