World Should Not Forget KR Victims
October 14, 2007, 4:22 am
Filed under: Khmer Rouge Tribunal


World Should Not Forget KR Victims

By Moeun Chhean Nariddh



e are deeply saddened by the news of the horrific loss of lives caused by the recent tsunamis in Asia and Africa. As ordinary Cambodians, we would like to extend our sincere condolences to the families and relatives of those who have perished in the disaster. 

        The Cambodian people know too well the immense suffering and grief of the victims of the killer waves.

 We, too, had experienced such a tremendous tragedy, which was inflicted by the Khmer Rouge more than 20 years ago.

 The latest estimate shows that casualties caused by this natural catastrophe are numbered in tens of thousands.

 But this number is merely a fraction compared to nearly two million Cambodians who were killed or starved to deaths during the Khmer Rouge regime.

 We are happy to see that hundreds of millions of dollars worth of relief aid are pouring from the UN and countries around the world to help people affected by the tsunamis.

 But the UN and the world were not able to do anything when the victims of the Khmer Rouge were screaming for help before they were killed or died of hunger.

 Given the much larger amount of money provided to help the tsunami victims, we hope that a fraction of that amount can also be provided to find justice for the Khmer Rouge victims.

 The UN and the world should know that there are plenty of interested parties out there who are happy to see the UN and the world draw their attention from the Khmer Rouge trial – let alone trying to prevent it from happening.

 Maybe this is the only opportunity to bring the Khmer Rouge killers to justice. Any delay may well be too little, too late.




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