Friday, November 5, 2010

Khmer Rouge - content warning !!

A tuktuk ride out of Phnom Penh will take you to Choeung Ek, one of thousands of sites where mass graves have been found from the Khmer Rouge era in the mid to late 1970s. Anyone who was educated was eliminated, along with their entire families so there would be no-one left to take revenge at a later date. Cambodians today actually encourage visitors to take photographs at the site of the genocide. They say it is important that the story be told, so it will be less likely that anything similar could happen again.

Above, victims of the Khmer Rouge, who experimented in applying their own brutal form of Communism to Cambodia, after an initial wave of popular support when they overthrew a corrupt regime.

A chilling sign, requesting that people do not walk on the mass grave. Scraps of clothing and pieces of human bone continue to surface after rains. There are mass graves here that remain unexcavated. Nine thousand human skulls are contained in the memorial stupa on this one site alone.

One of the cells at the torture prison, S-21, in Phnom Penh. The site was once a school, and is now a genocide memorial.

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