I am Arn Chorn-Pond from Cambodian. As a boy, most of my family was killed and I was taken prisoner by the Khmer Rouge and forced to play music for them and later to become a child soldier. I escaped through the jungle to Thailand. I now work for ...
In 1975 the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia and killed 2 million Cambodians. I am one of the lucky ones. I survived. I am doing this AMA in hopes you will help me help Cambodia.
My name is Arn Chorn-Pond. There is a book out about my life right now called NEVER FALL DOWN. There has been a PBS documentary about my story called THE FLUTE PLAYER.
My past under the Khmer Rouge was a dark time and I saw very terrible things. But I have dedicated my future to making life better for Cambodian families. I am doing this AMA today to help with the Magic Music Bus. The mission of the bus is to teach children and families in remote parts of Cambodia about the importance of basic hygiene, literacy and the dangers of landmines that still remain in the ground. We are going to do all of this in a fun way with music. The same music that saved my life, can now make life better for my country.
You can help:
THANK YOU for all of your great questions and kind words! This has been an incredible experience, and I'm sorry I can't answer every one. Please don't forget to help us make The Khmer Magic Music Bus a reality by going to our Indiegogo campaign at http://tg1.us/kmmb (only a few weeks left) and share our campaign by going to http://magicmusicbus.org/share.