"Sothik", children's book on Khmer Rouge era.

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"Sothik", children's book on Khmer Rouge era.

Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:15 am

The book has been published in French and Khmer.
Children’s Book Recounts Khmer Rouge’s Theft of Childhood
March 14, 2017

Hok Sothik was 7 years old when the Khmer Rouge seized control of the country in April 1975, he writes in his recently released children’s book, “Sothik.”

Sent to a children’s camp, he longed to return to his parents’ house. So one day, he pretended to be sick and the minute the other children and their guards left for the rice field, he ran home. But he found the house empty, and was soon caught by the Khmer Rouge camp chief...

Today, Mr. Sothik is the director of Sipar, an organization that has published books in Khmer for children and young adults, and set up libraries in public schools, garment factories and prisons since the early 1990s.

Tonight, he will discuss his own book about a childhood under the Khmer Rouge in a conference at the Institut Francais in Phnom Penh. The book is believed to be the first Khmer Rouge memoir written for children and adolescents.

Published accounts of the Khmer Rouge regime are often filled with information so horrendous that they could traumatize children and young teenagers, and dissuade them from learning about the period, he said last week. “And yet, it’s a very important history chapter for Cambodians.”

Conference With Author
Where: Institut Francais, #218 Street 184
When: Tonight, 6:30 p.m.
Price: Free
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/chil ... od-126484/
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