posted on Dec, 11 2004 @ 07:45 AM
A group of former Khmer Rouge guerrillas were picked up when they emerged from the jungle. The group had been on the run since 1979 and were unaware
that the war with Vietnam was over and that their leader Pol Pot was dead. The group avoided human contact and fended for themselves without outside
assistance for years. When found they were wearing clothes made of leaves and bark. Multiple children were born during their time on the run.
LOUT, Cambodia (Reuters) - When Vietnamese troops overran his village in 1979, Romam Chhung Loeung, a Khmer Rouge guerrilla, had no option but to
flee with friends and family into the dense jungle of northeast Cambodia.
Twenty-five years later, the group emerged from the forest in clothes made of bark and leaves, unaware that the war was over, the Vietnamese had gone
and Pol Pot was dead.
In an extraordinary tale of human survival, the refugees lived on whatever scraps they could find in the jungle, fearful of any contact with humans,
who they believed were the enemy, slugging out the final chapter of the Cold War in Indochina.
"Whenever we heard gun-shots or people chopping trees, we would move to another site," Romam Chhung Loeung said recently after a tearful reunion with
relatives in Ratanakiri province, around 250 miles northeast of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.
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My wife brought this story to my attention and she was unable to write the story herself. However, the Khmer Rouge were among the most brutal groups
the world has know. My wife was luck to have survived their reign of terror. If you have ever seen the move “The Killing Fields” she says it’s a close
recreation of the horrors of the Pol Pot regime. No doubt despite their amazing tale of survival, the leaders that actually committed these atrocities
should be put up for trial.