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A Cambodian Family Reunited

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Title

A Cambodian Family Reunited

Subject

Genocide -- Cambodia.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Sophal Stagg, 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

1999-06-08

Contributor

Stagg, Sophal

Relation

G36-00052
Tape number: 4011E

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Cambodia.

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewee

Stagg, Sophal

Location

Palm Harbor, Florida

Transcription

I was frightened. I was so scared that my mother not come back. But before she leave, she assure us—me and my sister—that she will come back. If she could not find my brother, then she will come back. She will come back for us. And there was no saying goodbye. She leave very early, before I wake up. And I was very, very frightened, very tense, always looking at the far side to see if she come back. But she didn’t. Three days passed. I saw my oldest brother and my third one, my third brother, came, and he say, “Mom find us. We are at Siem Reap, and now we have the permission to come get you.” So we jump for joy. I remember that day. It was so happy. First of all, I know my mother is safe and that my mother cannot—it would be a waste of trip for her to come back and then have to go back. So she came with a cart, two cow and a cart, and we load up everything and then we go. They show this guy that took the radio from my father this piece of paper—I don’t know what it say—and they let us leave. And in 1980—1979, I believe, after Vietnam took over—I learned that all the people that was come from Kampong Cham, the boat that was with us, all those seven or eight boat that was come with us, are all dead. All dead, because all those people was put on that town, on that camp. None of them was alive, because they starved those people so bad that there was no way they alive. So we learned that a lot of friends of my father that, you know, that they were come with us from Kampong Cham, they all gone. And when we asked them, “Why? What happened? Did they execute?” they say, “Just starve to death. They all starve.” And gone.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

3:45

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “A Cambodian Family Reunited,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed August 17, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/770.

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