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End of the Khmer Rouge

Dublin Core

Title

End of the Khmer Rouge

Subject

Genocide -- Cambodia.
Genocide survivors -- Interviewees.

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: 4012A

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Cambodia.

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewee

Stagg, Sophal

Location

Palm Harbor, Florida

Transcription

The family get back together when—I was the first one to get back, because I was taking care of my mother at the time. She was sick, so I was asked my superior to see if she can let me stay in the town to take care of my mother. And at that point, they already took my sister and everybody else. My mother was alone with my niece, and she was three, three or four years old at the time. But she was so starving and doesn’t have enough nutrition that she was so tiny, and at that age she still don’t know how to walk. She don’t even know how to stand. She just crawl, and she sit. So my mother—with my mother sick, I was asked my superior lady, and she asked me—to my surprise, she let me stay until my mother get well. And then, one by one—no, let me go back. When they ask me to stay, at that time we didn’t hear anything about the Vietnam invasion fighting or anything. And this must be in about December. And one morning, we wake up and they—the Khmer Rouge disappear. All gone. And we was like—this was like no warning at all. We did not know anything, we did not hear anything, and all of a sudden they just gone. And we—the rumor say that they going to the meeting and they supposed to come back anytime now, and then we waited. We waited, and none of them come back. And at the meantime, my sister came, and she say that all the Khmer Rouge is gone at her group, the single group. They all gone, they disappear. They go into a jungle, deep, and we don’t know why. So she ran home. And on the way to the town, she did not encounter any Khmer Rouge at all. So it seem as if we are free. And then, one by one, miracle do happen. My father came, my brother came, and then the last one—we were hanging around waiting for my fourth brother, because he had run away from his camp. He want to escape all of this, and he say he do not care if he die. He’s gone. He came to say goodbye to my mom, and he’s gone. So when everybody was reunited and only him, so my mother say she will not leave that town of Siem Reap until my brother came. And she know inside her guts that he’s still alive. And so my father and all of my older brother, they make a decision. They say okay, we’ll wait for him until he was dark, but we cannot stay in that town one more night, because all the people had gone already and it would be too dangerous for us to still stay there. And I believe about five o’clock, almost dark, here is my brother came with three other girl that he encounter and bring with him to be reunited. And those three girl was my sister-in-law sisters. And that’s how we get together, and then we flee the town.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

5:32

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “End of the Khmer Rouge,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed August 5, 2020, https://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/773.

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