Ly Chheng Tang

Ly Chheng Tang
Interview by Anne Morin
Date: July 19, 2005
1 Disk: 20 Tracks

2 Okay, I am Ly Chheng Tang, and this is the story of my life. I and my family and a whole bunch of other people, we paid this guy to guide us to freedom, we hope, which is to Thailand. That’s the first step. So they guide us at night because we didn’t want the Cambodian soldiers to see us because they would say, why you run out of our country, because you didn’t like the way we govern the country? And they would punish us. So we have to secretly escape at night.

So we walked through this thick forest, thick woods, and when the day time come, the Thai bandits came and rob us. They raped the children; they hurt men who tried to help the women. We, which myself and the children, got separated from our family, and it was so hard. I was so thirsty. It wasn’t just myself; it was a whole bunch of other children; we were so thirsty, so we find any water we can to drink, which is the puddle on the ground, and it’s so filthy, it’s almost thick like mud, but we drink it anyway because we were so thirsty. Read more...