Author Bun Yom is Today’s Honoree

BunYomThe Cambodian Genocide (1975-1979) is in the top 10 worst cases of genocide in the world. This tragedy took the lives of approximately 25 percent of the population, nearly two million Cambodians.  As a Cambodian American who survived, Bun Yom, lives to share his personal story of struggle.

During the rule of the communist-run organization, Khmer Rouge, all Cambodians were denied their basic human rights and forced into harsh agricultural work. In Yom’s new memoir, “Tomorrow I’m Dead,” he sheds light on life of enslavement and the hardship and cruelty the Cambodian people endured.

Through his stories of courage and perseverance, Yom retells his life working in the “killing fields”, his rescue that resulted in serving in the Cambodian Freedom Army, his life as a refugee, and his immigration to the United States to reconnect with his lost family.

“This memoir is a chance to document the experiences I survived at a young age,” Yom said. “By sharing my story, I hope to inform and motivate others to live purposefully and strive to make the world a better place.”

About the author:

Born in Pailin, Cambodia, Bun Yom lived a relatively normal childhood until the age of 14 when the Khmer Rouge took over. After being rescued, he became the greatest leader in the Cambodian Freedom Army. He holds two black belts in Tae Kwon Do. This is Yom’s first book. Currently, he resides in Ellensburg, Washington.

Visit Bun Yom for more information.

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