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Stay Alive My Son On April 17 1975 the Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh to open a new and appalling chapter in the story of the twentieth century On that day Pin Yathay was a ualified engineer in the Ministry of Public Works Successful and highly educated he had been critical of the corrupt Lon Nol regime and hoped that the Khmer Rouge would be the patriotic saviors of CambodiaIn Stay Alive My Son Pin Yathay provides an unforgettable testament of the horror that ensued and a gripping account of personal courage sacrifice and survival Documenting the 27 months from the arrival of the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh to his escape into Thailand Pin Yathay is a powerful and haunting memoir of Cambodia's killing fieldsWith seventeen members of his family Pin Yathay were evacuated by the Khmer Rouge from Phnom Penh taking with them whatever they might need for the three days before they would be allowed to return to their home Instead they were moved on from camp to camp their possessions confiscated or abandoned As days became weeks and weeks became months they became the New People displaced urban dwellers compelled to live and work as peasants their days were filled with forced manual labor and their survival dependent on ever meager communal rations The body count mounted first as malnutrition bred rampant disease and then as the Khmer Rouge singled out the dissidents for sudden death in the darknessEventually Pin Yathay's family was reduced to just himself his wife and their one remaining son Nawath Wracked with pain and disease robbed of all they had owned living on the very edge of dying they faced a future of escalating horror With Nawath too ill to travel Pin Yathay and his wife Any had to make the heart breaking decision whether to leave him to the care of a Cambodian hospital in order to make a desperate break for freedom Stay alive my son he tells Nawath before embarking on a nightmarish escape to the Thai borderFirst published in 1987 the Cornell edition of Stay Alive My Son includes an updated preface and epilogue by Pin Yathay and a new foreword by David Chandler a world renowned historian of Cambodia who attests to the continuing value and urgency of Pin Yathay's message MultiCultural Review Wishing I'd read this book before a four day whirlwind stop in Cambodia We have no idea of the horrors that happened to innocents during the time of the Khmer Rouge and the killing fields Little by little the author lost every family member and all he owned By luck and ingenuity he managed to escape the horrors which will fill his heart mind and soul for the rest of his days When does the world learn? This is happening again now in another part of the world and we know it yet can't stop it One of the darkest chapters of modern history was the Cambodian Genocide but this book captures in detail the resilience and courage of one little boy caught up in it Definitely an amazing story What an incredible book i took so much away from it A narrative that read like an adventure film a heartbreaking true account of the plight of the people of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge an insight into how uickly what you have can be lost how uickly a politically vulnerable country can be taken over by so little ammunition and so much stealth and obfuscation What surprised me was how currency was de valued within three days of the people being driven from their homes and how survival depended on family and guileIt is ironic that the author lost all of his family when the important message of the book is that family is all that counts Anybody who believes that extreme communism ever works in practice might like to read this book and contemplate the importance they place on their freedom and their individuality Pin Yathay was a government engineer when Pol Pot's regime took over Cambodia He describes being marched with all the other residents of Phnom Penh the capital city to the fields to labor This is his true story told with simplicity and a sort of beauty I bought this book in Cambodia and it helped explain what we saw during visits to The Killing Fields and S 21 the Khmer Rouge's torture center Although it's educational it also just leaves you numb inside wondering about our species and we can be so horribly cruel to one another If you want to learn about Cambodia's history this is a great book

  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • Stay Alive My Son
  • Pin Yathay
  • English
  • 04 June 2016
  • 9780801486999

About the Author: Pin Yathay

Yathay Pin was born in Oudong a village about 25 miles north of Phnom Penh Cambodia Yathay’s father Chhor was a small trader and his family though not impoverished was poorYathay was the eldest of five children His father had high expectations of him Knowing that Yathay was an excellent student Chhor sent him to a good high school in Phnom Penh Yathay received a government scholarship


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