Experience Khmer Rouge

The following is an excerpt from an autobiographical book called Survival in the Killing Fields written by Haing Ngor. Haing Ngor was expelled from Phnom Penh, along with the bulk of its two million inhabitants, as part of the Khmer Rouge's "Year Zero" social experiment and imprisoned in a concentration camp along with his wife, My-Huoy, who subsequently died during childbirth in the camp.external image haing-normal.jpg
“But in fact the first entire incident I remember was not so peaceful. I was about three years old. The year was probably 1950. My mother sent my older brother and me into the rice fields to get water from a pond. It was the dry season. Soldiers from the village garrison fished at the pond with their shirts and shoes off. We filled the pail. My older brother took one end of a pole on his shoulder and I took the other on mine and we put the pail between us. We were returning to the house, two little barefoot boys carrying a single pail, when we heard a sharp bang! behind us, near the pond. Then we heard another bang! and the soldiers shouting. My mother appeared at the door. I had never seen that expression on her face before. ‘Come here, children! Put the pail down! Drop it right now! Hurry! she said. We set the pail down and trotted obediently toward her. She ran out of the house anyway, grabbed us by the wrists and dragged us in. There was more shooting behind us, and our neighbours were yelling.”
The scene describes the very tense social and economical culture that they experienced.