My name is Sam and my family does not have a lot of money. I work everyday in the rice fields and my family is slowly starting to starve lately since we have been under Khmer Rouge’s power. The days I don’t have to work in the fields, me and some friends go to the city and go into the stores to sneak food out of the stores so we have more food for our families. I have a family of four but used to have a family of five. When I was really young a guard took my mom to a jail for no reason, well that's what I thought.
“I’m heading to the town” I said to pa. I left without him responding to me. I was with some friends walking around town and I saw a few guys getting taken away by some guards under Khmer Rouge. I knew that those guards took people to the prison Tuol Sleng (the prison known that a lot of people go in but none come out). Since my mom has never came back I am pretty sure she is prison Tuol Sleng.
My friends and I were coming out of a store that we stole food out of and a guy yelled at us “Hey, you there, come here.” We started to run as fast as we could but this guy was fast. Another guard just appeared and the next thing I knew, me and my friend were on the ground, but one got away because there was only two guards. We thought they were taking us because they saw us steal food but they said they needed to extract confessions from us. They also said they were taking us to “Tuol Sleng,” the prison where people go in but never come out. People say between 1% and 5% were traitors. But they still take people in even if they're not traitors.
The prison wasn’t super nice and I think it was just in an old school, if it was a school it had to be able to hold many many people. When we got out of the vehicle I tried to escape the guards grip but he was just too strong. It looked like there were a lot of people jammed into the small jail cells and a lot of them looked innocent. One of the people I saw was just a five year old kid. There was no chance he had anything to say and the guards were whipping him with electric wire and it looked like how farmers treat their animals. After every lash he cried and bled more.