Voice of former Khmer Rouge (VFKR) Project
Until today the former Khmer Rouge don’t dare to speak out as fear is still amongst them. YFP is addressing their problems by the radio program “You Also Have a Chance”. This radio program is an outreach program which caters to the forgotten needs of the former KR and their child soldiers. It aims to promote the understanding between the former KR, victims and youth in order to prevent violence to be passed on to the future generations.
The radio program “You Also Have a Chance”, which is broadcasted once a week, and rebroadcast one more time in the next day a week assists to understand all sides of the complex KR history. The program encourages the former KR members to tell their hidden stories on air.
Within the project, YFP produced the film “Your Chance” (25min) about the former child soldiers in Cambodia (Arn Chorn Pond), Sudan (Emanuel Jal) and Liberia (Nicolas Davies) and how they deal with their crimes committed and how they become artists and Peace builders.
“I want victims to forgive me and other former Khmer Rouge who had low position during the regime. I used to be a chief, and I was forced to kill people. In 1975 I killed the prisoners if they refused to answer my questions”, Phal 59 the former Khmer Rouge. See more photos here.
Eyes on Darkness – going public
This book „Eyes on Darkness – Paintings of Memory” combines paintings, portraits, and narratives experiences and feelings of the painters. It is the first ever art book that shows paintings of the survivor generations about their experiences during the Khmer Rouge period, thereby promoting an intergenerational dialogue through art. In addition, this book aims to shed more light on the dark history of Cambodia; its purpose is to break the silence of the human rights violations committed during the KR period and to awake everybody to reflect on their own involvement in war crime and to speak the truth.
It is also the first book that illustrates the images and narratives about the KR time done by young Cambodians who were born and grew up in Cambodia after the years of violence. How do the sufferings and violent memories live on in the mind of the next generation? What are these memories?
This book stands against the repetition of such crimes against humanity not only in Cambodia, but all over the world. See more photos here.
Comments on Eyes on Darkness
Van Nath, 64:
“While I was turning each page of the book, a French photographer took pictures of me and of almost every page of this book. Then he asked me to give him this book, so I decided to give it to him. This book is meaningful for me. In my own opinion, painting is a good medicine to cure the Khmer Rouge victims, while people know about how they suffered. We can not 100 percent rely on the ECCC for reconciliation, but we can find it by our own”.
Mok Roeun, 66:
“When I get back home, I as the Buddhist laymen, will raise some money. Then I will celebrate a commemoration. During this time, I will read my story and other stories to people who come to the celebration. I am so happy that I have this book. I will let other people know about this book”.
Ean Chanly, 16:
“I will take this book with me when I go to tender my buffaloes. I usually go to look after my buffaloes with my friends. I will explain every story to them”.