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Owner Of “Tom Nuonh Pret” Writes New Elegy Related To Crimes of the Khmer Rouge

Posted by khmernews on November 6, 2007

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The composer of “Tom Nuonh Pret” (cries of devil spirits) Pich Sokha nearly completes his new mourning poem talking about crimes during the Khmer Rouge regime.
Pich Sokha said that he was not instructed by someone to compose the new elegy describing the sufferings during the Democratic Kampuchea regime, but it was the memory of the difficulties in his family during the Khmer Rouge regime.

Pich Sokha told Kampuchea Thmey that he had not thought of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and that he was not writing the poem with political interest.

He said that 7 families of his relatives had “died out” during the 3 years 8 months and 20 days regime while he had been evacuated from Svay Rieng Province to Pursat Province and lived there with misery. “I do not want to recall the bitter story since when I think about it my tears fall down, as it was too painful,” he said.

Pich Sokha said that his new mourning poem the second after “Tom Nuonh Pret” was the story about the crimes of the Khmer Rouge regime. “I think that the difficulties during that regime still fill in my mind. The rhythm of the new poem follows that of “Tom Nuonh Pret”, but its title and meaning are related to the Killing Fields regime,” said Pich Sokha.

“Tom Nuonh Pret” is a mourning poem reminding the children not to be ungrateful to their parents and urging Cambodians to make good deeds and not to do something the society hates. This is the precise meaning of the poem “Tom Nuonh Pret”.

He said that he would release the mourning poem about the Democratic Kampuchea regime (the Khmer Rouge regime) in audio cassettes soon. It will describe the real dangerous life of his family as well as the sufferings and misery of millions of Cambodians who died and left heaps of bones and skulls like mountains.

“I do not know where the tribunal for the trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders has got up to, but my new chanting poem I am writing is not connected with the process of this tribunal. It focuses on the real life of my family and other Cambodian families that I witnessed during the Khmer Rouge regime,” said Pich Sokha.

“Although I do know where the Khmer Rouge Tribunal has got up to, I personally support the tribunal in bringing some former Khmer Rouge leaders who are still alive to trial in order to find justice for every Cambodian,” he said.

Pich Sokha said that the new mourning poem would be finished next week and he would cooperate with Composer Hun Heng to adjust the poem and then record it into audio cassettes.

One thing that makes Pich Sokha happy and motivated in his life is that Prime Minister Hun Sen has promised to build a house for him on the east bank of Neak Leung so that he could have a proper house to live. That is also the reason that encourages Pich Sokha to write the new poem although he is not completely recovered from his high blood pressure. Besides the aids from the prime minister, Pich Sokha has also received aids from other charitable people. His wife who once sold grilled bananas and paste guava has changed to do a better business.

Unofficial Translation
-Extracted from Kampuchea Thmey, Vol. 06, #1479, Tuesday, October 30, 2007.

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