Three days after Pol Pot died, gunfire in the night jolted Vorn Sun awake. She opened her eyes to find her sister dead, her village on fire and guerrillas emptying their weapons into her wood-and-thatch home.
She knew who the invaders were. Their uniforms were visible in the light of the flames consuming the squalid huts of Cambodian and ethnic Vietnamese fishermen.They were Khmer Rouge.
"Where are the Vietnamese? We want the Vietnamese!" the guerrillas, who harbor a rabid hatred of Cambodia's eastern neighbors, shouted as they shot up Chhanok Tru, 80 miles north of Phnom Penh.
Vorn Sun's family is Cambodian. But when her 17-year-old nephew, Choat Tru, dashed outside his burning home, a guerrilla shot him in the chest.
He was one of 22 killed in the attack early Saturday morning, including 12 ethnic Vietnamese and 10 Cambodians.
Barely five hours later, Khmer Rouge guerrillas near the border with Thailand cremated the body of their reviled former leader, Pol Pot.
"Pol Pot did this," Vorn Sun said Monday as relatives carried the coffins of her sister and nephew to their cremation pyre.
Told that Pol Pot was dead, she shook her head and said, "There are many Pol Pots."
With Pol Pot's death and Cambodia moving toward its second national election in five years, foreign governments and Cambodia observers have declared the Khmer Rouge rebel group all but finished.
Their Maoist ideology, which led to slave labor camps and bloody purges that claimed as many as 2 million lives between 1975 and 1979, has degenerated to banditry and ethnic cleansing.
Gen. Chea Saran of the Cambodian army claims the guerrillas' ranks have dwindled to 200 to 300, as they have been pushed out of their northern stronghold of Anlong Veng by mutineers supported by government troops.
But Gen. Wiwat Satarak of the Thai army task force, which monitors the Khmer Rouge, estimates their strength at 2,000, with several units operating deep inside Cambodia.