I am not only Khmer, but also Khmer Kampuchea-Krom (Southern Vietnam). I love the words "Khmer and Khmer Krom".Op-Ed: http://leavefreedom.blogspot.com/2009/03/you-can-put-us-in-prison-or-even-kill.html
I am not only Khmer, but also Khmer Kampuchea-Krom (Southern Vietnam). I love the words "Khmer and Khmer Krom".
For this time, I would like to seperate terms of Khmer and Khmer Krom. What is different between this terms? Even if Khmer and Khmer Krom are also Khmer, Khmer and Khmer Krom are living in different situation and colony.
Khmer refers to the Khmers who are living in Cambodia where country has freedom, independent or we can talk under Cambodian Government (Even they left from Cambodia to live other countries, they were called Khmer that means they from Cambodia).
Khmer Krom refers to the Khmers who are living in Southern Vietnam under colonize Vietnam Communism (Anyone was be called Khmer Krom in any countries means they came from Kampuchea-Krom or Southern Vietnam).
Even if these terms are different, we are still proud to be Khmer and Khmer Krom. Khmer and Khmer Krom are our names.
Khmer Kampuchea-Krom have never thought that Kampuchea-Krom never returns to Khmer Krom. Khmer Kampuchea-Krom have never thought we want to separate State from Vietnam, but we ever think that we will have equal rights, freedom and live in independent byself (self-determination).
Khmer Kampuchea-Krom never mind to touch with Vietnamese, but Khmer Kampuchea-Krom respect Buddhism. So Khmer Kampuchea-Krom do not kill any live or touch anyone. This reason, Khmer Kampuchea-Krom always respect Vietnamese such as Vietnamese Communist Government, brothers and sisters. Though we respect them, Vietnamese who have traditional to aggress any country, kills anyone does not forgive and follow killing Khmer Kampuchea-Krom even if they escape to live other countries as well as Cambodia, Thailand...etc.
On behalf of the Khmer Kampuchea-Krom, we want to say that:
- We have never thought we are lost our homelands.
- We have never thought that we are going to be Vietnamese even if Vietnamese Communist Government is trying to reply us to be Vietnamese by strathegic leaving Vietnamese to live in village with Khmer Krom and cooperate with Khmer Krom to do something.
- We have never thought that we still live under pressure as nowadays forever.
- We have never thought that we can not practice our cuture, traditional, custom and religion...
- We never thought that we can not reduce the poverty from our families if Vietnam really wants to reduce.
- We have never thought that we can not stand up for our rights forever.
- We have never thought that we can not hold the situation which happened in Kampuchea-Krom by Vietnamese Authorities to United Nation.
- We have never thought that we can not do what we want to do...!
And we never believe that we become to what Vietnamese regards us to be.
We are Khmer Kampuchea-Krom, we believe ourselves. We know who we are, what we should do. What we should leave. We are living in suffering, we stand up by suffering to stand up, and we are proud to be Khmer and Khmer Krom to stand up for rights, freedom and self-determination. We believe ourselves!!!