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Day 6 Phnom Penh The Killing Fields

Today our first visit was the Tuol Slong Genocide Museum also known as the killing fields, I was expecting a solemn atmosphere but to be honest with you I was so taken aback at the sadness of this place. The guide explained that you may see bits of bone or clothing which still floats to the surface during the wet season.

I looked over at the glass Stupa which houses the sculls of the dead, a prominent landmark here, I felt out of respect that I could not even take pictures here.

Our guide a Khmer person explains that many of the Khmer people still cannot believe that these unspeakable acts were carried done by their own people.

We were given a guided tour of the Museum and then some free time to stroll around.

We boarded the bus again and were taken to Security prison S21. This was originally a school, the Khmer Rouge took it over and used it as a prison where they tortured the victims until they confessed, usually to being Spies for the CIA.The confessions were desparate attempts to end the torture.   For those who survived the torture they were then sent to the killing fields we had just visited and were eventually executed.

There are pictures of all the people who went through the prison the Khmer Rouge kept details records of all their prisoners.

At the end of the tour there was a chance to meet 2 survivors of the Khmer Rouge and learn how they survived the brutal regime.

I did take a picture of one of these men Bou Meng , it was the only positive thing from the visit.

I am glad I took the tour, sad that humans can do this to other humans and it is a stark reminder if we forget history we are doomed to repeat it.

I promise the next post will be far more upbeat.

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This entry was posted on November 18, 2016 by in Travel and tagged , , , , .
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