Author and former US Army Ranger that fought in Vietnam War 1968/69
by Larry Chambers
(Ojai, California )
My life changed as a result of going to the Killing Fields and standing next to the tree where the Khmer Rouge took babies from helpless Cambodian mothers then crushed their heads against its trunk then tossed them into a pit like rubbish.
Their only crime was the date and being born Cambodian. I felt something stir inside me. I picked up a tiny shoe that had floated to the surface from that watery grave and something connected as if were asking me not to forget them.
All these emotions inside began to awaken. I just couldn't understand how human beings could do that unless evil does exist, that it's not some fairy tale. But that means good also exists.
My experience that day deeply changed me. I walked around the grounds with tears in my eyes and swore that I would tell their story and honor their memories. I am returning to Cambodia to start a school to teach English to poor women who grew up illiterate because Pol Pot killed the school teachers that would have taught them.
I read one source that 90 percent of Cambodias school teachers were killed.
I feel ashamed for all that Cambodia has lost.