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In 1975, the Khmer Rouge rose to power in Cambodia. They forced people in Phnom Penh and other cities to evacuate into the countryside to undertake agricultural work. This was just the beginning of the Cambodian Genocide. Over the next 4 years it is estimated that 2 million people were brutally killed and many thousands of people tortured by the Khmer Rouge.

Bunhom Chhorn (Hom) and his family lost everything they owned and were eventually sent to Camp 32, a Khmer Rouge killing centre. Hom, just 5 years old at the time, was forced to do hard labour in the rice fields. He suffered severe malnutrition and dysentery. His family struggled to survive, eating whatever they could find to stay alive and supporting one another as best they could. Three of his family perished during this time. Hom survived, but not before being forced into the jungle with 150 other children to fend for themselves. Only Hom and 3 other boys returned.

It is estimated that up to 30,000 people may have lost their lives at Camp 32.

To this day, there is no official record that Camp 32 ever existed. Our goal is to change this......

We would like to make it very clear that this documentary will not be exposing or naming guards or camp leaders. We are aware that guards were forced into their jobs, with threats to their families hanging over them if they didn't follow orders. This is simply a story about one man wanting to speak with other survivors and to locate Camp 32 where he was incarcerated as a young child. We hope it will help to finally put to rest some of the ongoing trauma for the survivors.

 

NEWS FLASH 3.8.12

Today ABC Radio Australia interviewed Hom about his life experiences. He told interviewer Adelaine Ng he wants to ensure the atrocities there are not wiped out
of Cambodia's history books. They also discussed the story line of our Camp 32 documentary.  To hear this broadcast, click here


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