Messages for the youth

Four decades after the Khmer Rouge rose to power, a wide gap in knowledge remains between those who survived the horrors of the regime and those who were born later. Many younger Cambodians have difficulty understanding the tragic history of the country and the trauma experienced by their parents. Our TURTLE CLUB project promotes an intergenerational dialogue. Khmer Rouge survivors attend the performances and share their experiences with our young audience.

<b>The Khmer Rouge Regime executed intellectuals, civil servants and businessmen.  They wanted to 
										transform Cambodia into a rural, classless society. I wish that Cambodians learn from the past. We must differentiate right from wrong.
										We must think about our actions. We are the masters of our own fate.<b> <b>If you want your country to develop, you must study and work hard. You must be
										patient and forgiving. You must try to improve your personality.
										A tree provides shade even to its enemy. So humans should do good deeds on every single day, for the rest of their lives.
										</b> <b>What does the young generation know about the Pol Pot regime? I suggest that youngsters talk to 
										the survivors. We know about the hunger for freedom, and we also know how real hunger feels like.</b> <b>Please invite more Cham people to watch the theatre play “The Courageous Turtle”. It raises awareness 
										about the Khmer Rouge Regime. The youth has to learn about the past. This will prevent history from repeating itself.</b> <b>During the Pol Pot regime, we were subjected to slave labor. We did not receive enough food. We
										were very skinny. The KR killed millions of people. Why did they kill other Cambodians? At this time, we didn’t know where the Khmer Rouge
										came from or who they really were. My brother in law, my uncle and my cousin were killed. I wish the ECCC finds justice for the victims of this regime.</b> <b>1. The Khmer Rouge violently forced us to leave the cities. They didn’t give us anything to eat. They forced us to work very hard.
										2. I would like to leave a message for the new generation. They must learn about the Khmer Rouge regime and prevent it from happening again.</b> <b>The Khmer Rouge treated the Muslims very badly. They didn’t let us practice our religion. They didn’t
										want us pray to Allah. We were not allowed to conduct our rituals.</b> <b>1975! On 17th May, the Khmer Rouge forced me to leave Phnom Penh. I stayed in my home village for
										15 days. Then, I had to move for the second time. In 1978, I was relocated from Takeo Province to Kampong Speu. I was imprisoned. 
										I endured hunger and forced labor. The cadres even forced me to marry (a woman). </b> <b>The Khmer Rouge evacuated Phnom Penh. People were sent on long marches to the countryside, which killed 
										thousands of people. The entire population was forced into slave labor. Religion was banned. Couples were forcibly wed. Families were separated.
										Children were sent to mobile youth units. We lacked sufficient food, medicine and clothes.</b> <b>I come from Takeo province. During the Khmer Rouge regime I experienced a similar situation as depicted 
										in this theatre play. I begged a guard for forgiveness.  I told him that I was the one who stole - and not my mother. I was punished. 
										They made me carry three cubic meters soil.</b> <b>- Include Khmer Rouge history education in the curriculum. - Stage more performances of “The Courageous 
										Turtle” theatre play in schools and communities.- As one of the Khmer Rouge survivors, I am confident to educate the new generation about
										this regime. The youth has to be united.  I’d like to tell the leaders of tomorrow that they must not govern in the same way like the Khmer 
										Rouge did.</b> <b>ខI request that the government includes Khmer Rouge history education in the curriculum.</b> <b>I am traumatized. I will never understand how the Khmer Rouge regime treated us. Mothers were not allowed
										to meet their children. Siblings couldn’t meet each other. The new generation must never forget this. We must prevent history from repeating itself.</b> <b>New generations must know how difficult it was for their parents under Khmer Rouge rule. Don’t let this 
										ever happen again.</b> <b>The Pol Pot regime didn’t give us anything to eat. They forced us to work day and night. 
										Mothers were separated from their kids. The new generation must know how difficult our lives were. They must learn more about the 
										Khmer Rouge regime.</b>