Stories of Courage

Stories of Courage

Duch Keam

My name is Duch Keam. When I was 17, in 1971, I became a soldier of the Independent Unit of Kamcheay Mear District. One evening, our leader asked, “Who wants to fight?” Even though I had seen a lot of soldiers die, I immediately raised my hand. I did not care much about my life. After the victory in April 1975, my unit moved to defend the border at Trapeang Phlong, on the Cambodian-Vietnamese border. At first, we cleared the forest and transplanted rice. But in late 1977, Pol Pot ordered us to fight the Vietnamese. I did not know why, but I followed orders.

 

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