Those refused to take part in the exodus or did not move fast enough were eliminated on the spot. Even the young, old and sickly were forced to take part in the exodus. All intellectual men or women or professional men were killed (even those who worked in the army). Civilian deaths during this period of time caused by execution, starvation disease and exhaustion are estimated to be well over two million, this is estimated to be twenty five percent of the population. Genocide is “the deliberate systematic murder of a certain race, ethnic group, or even a nation.” To a very high extent the mass killings in Cambodia can be considered as genocide because the Khmer Rouge deliberately and systematically attempted to destroy the people of Cambodian people.
Things that happened in the Khmer Rouge years are still around today. In Cambodia it is common for when parents grow of old age and are unable to take care of themselves, their children will take care of them. Since so many people were killed in the Khmer Rouge, those of the elderly that lived most likely no longer have children to take care of them. Another lasting effect of the Pol Pot regime, is the fact that Pol Pot killed anyone who was educated. He killed the educated people because he was worried that they would threaten his power.
In the process they killed up to 750,000 Cambodians. Heavy American bombardment led many to join the Khmer Rouge, which was led by Pol Pot. Now Cambodia had its own group of communists, the Khmer Rouge. The Khmer Rouge than preceded with a plan to turn Cambodia into a communist country where they believed all civilians would work on farms. They overthrew the government and proceeded with their plan.
Cambodian Genocide Webster Dictionary defines the word genocide as; the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group. Cambodia was a mostly peaceful, small country in South Asia with a population of about 7 million. Imagined being brutally ripped from your family and never seeing them again, being run out of your home, and never knowing what will happen next. In 1975, Cambodia hit all 8 stages of a genocide, being one of the deadliest genocides.The genocide began after The genocide first began after the Cambodian war with the Khmer Rouge taking over Phnom Phen with the help of U.S bombings. About 2 million people died during the genocide because of the Khmer Rouge.
Pol Pot wanted to wipe out all traces of the old Cambodia and start a new society, one that was strictly ordered and structured by a series of rules. With the Khmer Rouge becoming even more powerful in the very late 1960s, US bombers interfered to st... ... middle of paper ... ... 30 000 Vietnamese. In December of 1977, the Khmer Rouge broke off diplomatic relations with Vietnam, who retaliated with an attack 30 km into Cambodia in 1978 (Sutherland 1990, p. 158). Upon occupation, the Vietnamese were welcomed at first by the Cambodians as their saviours from the Khmer Rouge extremists (Sutherland 1990, p. 161). During the Khmer Rouge regime, Cambodia was turned into a giant labour camp creating a system of terror, genocide, and attempted cultural annihilation, a series of drastic events that the country is still recovering from.
Pol Pot then created his own communist party known as Khmer Rouge with him being the leader. Khmer Rouge translated to Red Cambodians, and Pol Pot engaged a guerrilla war against the government in behalf of them having more powe... ... middle of paper ... ...urred he lost his control of being the leader of Khmer Rouge in the 1990’s. Pol Pot then died of a heart attack in 1998. This was after his arrest, but before he could go on trial for the awful slave labor and commands that resulted in many deaths that he was involved in. The people of Cambodia were relieved because “with the imminent end of Pol Pot, Cambodia can finally turn one of the darkest pages in its history” (Whitelaw 1).
According to Genocide Watch, between 1.7 and 2.2 million people died in the Cambodian Genocide. (Genocide) Which was approximately twenty-five percent of the population in a short three year period stated World Without Genocide. (Walker) This horrible tragedy was caused by Pol Pot and the Kmer Rouge in most of Cambodia, in the 1970’s, because of religion and order. In Cambodia this devastation made everyone a peasant. First, who was Pol Pot and the Kmer Rouge?
Webster Dictionary defines the word genocide as; the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group. Cambodia was a mostly peaceful, small country in South Asia with a population of about 7 million. Imagined being brutally ripped from your family and never seeing them again, being run out of your home, and never knowing what will happen next. In 1975, Cambodia hit all 8 stages of a genocide, being one of the deadliest genocides.The genocide began after The genocide first began after the Cambodian war with the Khmer Rouge taking over Phnom Phen with the help of U.S bombings. About 2 million people died during the genocide because of the Khmer Rouge.
The Cambodian people would essentially live the life of their ancestors’. Pol Pot and his political supporters thought going forward this was best thing for the Cambodian people. Yet in essence, Pol Pot the leader of the Khmer Rouge didn’t do nothing beneficial in helping Cambodia grow into a flourishing nation instead he reduced Cambodia and its populace into a poverty stricken country for many years after his rule. During his rule Pol Pot only imposed suffering upon the Cambodian people by forcing them into hard grueling labor and slaughtering their families at will. Pol Pot’s dreadful reign was finally brought to end during the year of 1979 by the South Vietnamese army.
Soon Vietnam was a battlefield. Viet Cong, a group of communist guerrillas, was supported by North Vietnam, China, and the Soviet Union. America joined the Vietnam War in 1964, bringing bombs, airpower, and poison defoliants. For years the country fought, but the war did not come to any victory against the strong-willed and committed Vietnamese communists. By the time it was over, the Vietnam War had devastated the country, costing many American and Vietnamese lives, and achieved nothing but misery for those caught up in it -including the Cambodians.