After three years as a killing field slave, seventeen-year-old Bun Yom escaped from the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields and became a “Freedom Fighter.” Using his wisdom, courage and unprecedented compassion, Bun rescued thousands of Cambodian people and soon became the Cambodian Freedom army’s greatest soldier. This is his story.
Tomorrow I’m Dead is the only known first-person account of the Freedom Fighter’s heroic liberation of slaves from the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields.
“A testament to the insanity of the human condition and to the ability of one courageous soul to make a difference.” ~ Bill Chandler
ABOUT ‘TOMORROW I’M DEAD’
Bun (“boon”) Yom’s book ‘Tomorrow I’m Dead’ is his first-hand story of his capture by the Khmer Rouge Regime at 14-years-old, the deplorable conditions while he worked as a slave in the Killing Fields, his escape into the Cambodian jungle, and Bun’s ultimate rise to becoming the greatest leader of the Cambodian Freedom Fighters. An unmatched tale of suffering, courage and heroism.
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A MESSAGE FROM BUN YOM
I wrote this book to remind all people about the Cambodian kids who disappeared from1975-1983.
When I was fourteen years old I had my freedom and my family. A year later the Khmer Rouge took over and changed my life forever. I was taken from my parents and forced to work as a slave in the killing fields. Most of the young people of Western Cambodia died in those fields.
This book is for anyone who might benefit from learning about the hard life so many Cambodian people tried to endure. I hope by reading my story of survival, they can learn to appreciate their own lives
I want kids to know that when I became a Freedom Soldier it didn’t matter whether there was fighting or not, food or not, sleep or not, rain or not; I always tried to go help people get away from starvation and suffering.
I want kids everywhere to understand that war is a terrible thing. I fought in a war for five years–with bombs, mines and bullets every day, never knowing when I would die. I slept in jungles and fields with dead bodies. I saw too many people suffer because of young soldiers with guns and bombs. War is a terrible thing.
To all kids, stay in school. Listen to good people who can give you guidance. Learn to be strong and to trust yourself. Always do the right thing for yourself and for others.
Today our world is a small place. All corners of this earth have human beings who are trying to survive. It is important that kids learn about these people too.
To all people, everywhere; try to help out in any way you can. That is why you are here.
I arrived in the U.S. with not one penny, not a word of English, and only the clothes I was wearing. By working hard, I now have my own home, a family, my own restaurant, and many good friends.
It took twenty years before I was ready to write about my years in the killing fields. Now, for the sake of all kids everywhere, it is time to share my story. Hang in there. Do the right thing and don’t ever give up.
Thanks for your support,
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Every high school student should be required to read this book!
Thank you, Bun!
Super, honest story from and man who went through horrific experiences and is now a loved contributor to his community here in Central Washington. A must read!
This book is something everyone should read. Young and old! Not only is this a wonderful teaching in modern history but a testimony of how much a human (mind, body and soul) can go through and survive! I personally know Bun, He is the most kind and humble man. Sometimes I look at him and wonder how a root of bitterness has not taken hold of him, but it hasn t. When Bun speaks of the lack of food and medical supplies in the poorest areas of Cambodia, I see a passion that pours out of him. 100% of the proceeds return to Cambodia, he gives to them before giving to himself. If only more people had that kind of passion, this world would be such a better place. Bun has been a blessing to my family, just to be in a two hour conversation around the coffee table leaves me with hope, love and forgiveness! I pray blessings over Bun s book. May you sell more than you ever dreamed possible!
–Penny Johnson and Family
I am writing this to tell people of my experience of reading Bun Yom s book, Tomorrow I m Dead. I met Bun while working at a store in Ellensburg, Washington. Although I had heard of Bun from a lot of people in town before we meet. He would come into the store everyday and we would talk a lot. He is an amazing man. I didn t know how amazing until I read his book. He gave me a copy of his book and when I started reading it, I truly could not put it down. I read it twice. I never read a book twice. After reading his book and hearing about his life in the killing fields, the thing that struck me the most about Bun is how much he loves life after all he had been through as a child. His book is so inspiring to all, young and old. I hope everyone gets the chance to read his book. It is something that all kids in school should read. It is a lesson in perseverance, hope and love. He has a saying that he says everyday to all he comes into contact with Hang in there. He still wants to help people and sees the good in all things. My life has been enriched by being his friend and reading his amazing book. If you read his book you will understand this. Even more so if you are lucky enough to meet him. He will embrace you as a friend and would do anything to help if you needed it.
THIS BOOK WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
IF YOU HAVE TROUBLES THAT ARE CONSUMING YOU, IF YOU FACE ADVERSITY THAT SEEMS TO SPELL “THE END”, READ THIS BOOK.
IF YOU HAVE A SON OR DAUGHTER ON DRUGS, HEADING FOR A DARK, SHORT FUTURE, GIVE THEM THIS BOOK.
IF SOMEONE YOU LOVE IS HURTING BECAUSE SOMEONE DID THEM DIRTY, BETRAYED THEM, OR PUT THEM IN DANGER, GIVE THEM THIS BOOK.
IF SOMEONE YOU LOVE IS IN PRISON, GIVE THEM THIS BOOK.
NO ONE I HAVE MET HAS EVER BEEN ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN UNTIL THEY FINISHED IT. IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER.
WHEN YOU HAVE READ THIS BOOK, YOUR TROUBLES WILL BE INCONSEQUENTIAL, REDUCED TO THE SHADOWS THEY ARE IN COMPARISON TO WHAT BUN (“BOONE”) SURVIVED, BY WHAT COULD ONLY BE CALLED “DIVINE INTERVENTION”.
HIS BODY IS TATTOOED WITH STRANGE SYMBOLS, A GIFT GIVEN BY MYSTERIOUS “ELDERS” OF THE CAMBODIAN PEOPLE, WHO APPEARED LIKE MISTS OUT OF THE DEEP JUNGLE, TO GIVE HIM MAGIC “ARMOR”, TO PRESERVE HIM, SO HE COULD PRESERVE HIS PEOPLE.
I NOW KNOW THIS MAN WELL.
AND I, A MAN FROM THE SIXTIES, A MAN OF “THE HEROLESS GENERATION”, WHEN LOVE BECAME SEX, GOD WAS DECLARED “DEAD”, CHURCHES WERE SACRIFICING CHILDREN IN SATANIC RITUALS, AND ALL WARS WERE REVEALED TO BE BUSINESS DEALS, FOUND MY OWN PERSONAL HERO, WHEN I MET BUN.
THERE IS NO OTHER STORY LIKE THIS, NO OTHER MAN LIKE BUN.
AND THE PICTURE OF THE GODDESS TATTOOED ACROSS HIS CHEST WILL TELL YOU WHERE THE MOVIE “AVATAR” REALLY CAME FROM.
BUN IS GOING BACK TO CAMBODIA, BACK TO THE PEOPLE HE SAVED, SOON, TO FINISH THIS STORY, AND I’M GOING WITH HIM.
THIS BOOK HAS BEEN VIOLENTLY OPPOSED AT EVERY TURN IN THIS COUNTRY, NO BIG PUBLISHER WILL TOUCH IT, IT IS “TABOO”.
BECAUSE IT SHOWS THE READER WHAT WE REALLY ARE, WHAT WE CAN REALLY DO, AND THAT IS TABOO IN THIS WORLD.
THIS BOOK WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE, LIGHTEN YOUR HEART, AND SET YOU FREE. NO ONE WILL EVER AGAIN BE ABLE TO CONVINCE YOU THERE IS ANYTHING, YOU CANNOT ACCOMPLISH IF YOUR HEART IS TRUE.
THE DIVIDING LINE OF “SERVICE TO SELF/SERVICE TO OTHERS” HAS NEVER BEEN MORE CLEARLY DRAWN IN THE SAND AGAINST EVIL. AND MY FRIEND, MY HERO, BUN, DREW THAT LINE, AND STOOD HIS GROUND, LIKE NO OTHER EVER HAS.
THE CAMBODIAN PEOPLE WANT THEIR HERO BACK, AND HE WILL BE GOING SOON. IF YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO HEAR HIM SPEAK BEFORE HE LEAVES, DON’T MISS IT.
ENGLISH IS HIS SIXTH LANGUAGE, SO DON’T BE PUT-OFF, JUST LISTEN, CAREFULLY, AND BE AMAZED.
THIS BOOK WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
IT CHANGED MINE FOREVER.
GLENN W. MURPHY