Under Fire

By Ly Pov (12 years old) – Otres, Cambodia

There was once a town that had no police on its streets. The town had police, but they all stayed in the police station and never did patrols. They were lazy and only became police because it was easy and they didn’t have to answer to anyone. Because there were never any police outside, the town had many thieves. One day, a thief was in the town market, and he stole all of the money from one of the sellers. There was one policeman in the market on that day, however. He was only there because he was shopping. He saw the thief running with the bag of money and shot him. The thief died.

Soon after, all the other thieves showed up with shotguns. They were all angry because the policeman shot one of their gang members. They wanted revenge, but the policeman had already escaped to the police station, so the gang couldn’t find him. They said “If the policeman won’t come out, then we are going to start looting everything in the village until he comes out.”

The thieves started robbing and destroying the whole village. The villagers were very angry with the police for not helping, so they crowded the police station. Eventually, the entire police force had to come out to stop the thieves. Then the gang and police had a huge battle throughout the whole village.

Eventually, the police killed all of the thieves, but a lot of the village was burnt down in the battle. Also, some of the villagers were injured during the battle. The villagers were angry with the police, and said that none of this would have happened if the police protected them in the beginning. The villagers said the police need to protect everyone, or next time it could be the policemen’s own houses that burn down. Now the police actively patrol the entire village.


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