Please Do Not Celebrate January 7th

Hope none of my Cambodian friends who loves our Mother Land as much as I do, will not celebrate this bitter day (January 7).

January 7th is a very sad day for the Khmer nation, our land was horribly invaded, many innocent Khmer were killed. 

As a young child (six years old),  this day, was the very first day I witnessed many of my relatives, friends and neighbors killed — the day I will never forget. My father was shot, my beloved grandma was shot, most of my relatives were killed.  I was carrying my baby sister in one arm, the other around a tree, suddenly, the bomb exploded, — the bomb didn't take my life and baby sister's, but those around me. People were running like a zombie, covering with blood. My neighbors, got hit by a bomb right in front of my eyes. I was too young and too innocent to know what's going on, until my mother ran to me, crying, throwing her arms around me and baby sister. Thanks to the American Red Cross who came to rescue us, not the invaders…

Celebrating January 7th, is no difference from celebrating the loss of our Mother Land, the loss of the innocent lives, the loss of our brothers and sisters who fought courageously to protect us…

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