‘The nightmare will always be there:’ Cambodians mark anniversary of genocide

Huoy Lor recounted the terrifying day 44-years ago when Khmer Rouge guerilla soldiers entered Phnom Penh and forced her family into the countryside. She was 28.Advertise with the Post

“The soldiers pushed us with their guns,” Lor said. “They didn’t tell us where we were going. They said: ‘It’s just for a few days and then you can come back.’  But most of my family died.  One hundred people in my family were gone.  We never came back.”

Lor was one of several people who came to the Cambodian Genocide Remembrance Day event Wednesday night at the Long Beach Fire Union Hall in Signal Hill.

More than 100 people were there to commemorate the anniversary of the fall of Phnom Penh on April 17, 1975.  Genocide survivors retold their stories and offered moments of prayer to honor those who were killed by the Khmer Rouge regime ruled by dictator Pol Pot.

Pol Pot’s goal was to create a self-sufficient agrarian society. To that end, his regime was responsible for the genocide of more than two million people who died from mass executions, forced labor, malnutrition and disease. Some estimate than 25 percent of the Cambodian people were killed.
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