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“Unforgettable”: The Real Story of A Khmer Woman

Posted by khmernews on March 9, 2007

Phnom Penh: After winning the first prize in a forum on “Keeping Khmer Rouge History Alive” organized by the Documentation Center of Cambodia in 2006, a book entitled “Unforgettable”, which was written by Ms. Tep Suy Ieng, has recently published by the Angkor Bookshop. Copies of the book are being sold widely and can be found in the country’s book markets.

The book entitled “Unforgettable” is the real story of Ms. Tep Suy Ieng during the Pol Pot genocidal regime between 1975 and 1979. During the regime, she lost her parents, husband, children, brothers and sisters.

A shopkeeper of the Angkor Bookshop said that because the book’s author allowed him too and he felt that the content and style of writing in the book were logical and appropriate to the topic, he decided to have the book published. He added that the book describes the reality of what happened during the Khmer Rouge regime and that he also suffered from the regime; therefore, he is so proud to publish and distribute the book to the public especially to the future Khmer generations so that they can use it for research.

It should be noted that book has been published as the Khmer Rouge tribunal has been moving smoothly. “Unforgettable” consists of 46 parts and has 546 pages. Ms. Tep Suy Ieng was born in 1945 in Tuek Vil commune, S’ang district, Kandal province. She was a former student of Sisowath High School in Phnom Penh. She got married in 1973. Her husband was Kim Try. He was born in Preae Balat Chhoeng of Traeuy Sla commune in S’ang district in Kandal province. He worked as an anesthetist at the Cambodian-Soviet Friendship Hospital. After the collapse of the Khmer Republic and the Khmer Rouge came to power, her family was evacuated to Kandal province. In July 1977, the Khmer Rouge called for her husband to study at Koh Kor where he was tortured and starved. Her husband was killed in September of 1977. Following the collapse of the Khmer Rouge regime, she and her surviving son traveled to a refugee camp on the Cambodian-Thai border and in the late 1980s, she moved to France where she lives now.

When one who experienced the Khmer Rouge regime has read Ms. Tep Suy Ieng’ book, they will remember the bitter life that they as well as other Cambodian people faced during the Khmer Rouge regime.

Extracted from: Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4225, Friday 02 March 2007   
 

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