Legacy of the Khmer Rouge

Below are some of the pictures from my visit to the infamous Tuol Sleng Prison (“S-21”) in Phnom Penh, where the Khmer Rouge imprisoned & tortured thousands of their own people; as well as pictures from the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, a memorial site commonly called “the Killing Fields.” If you’d like to see more, this link will take you to the full gallery.

torture bed

Several of the classrooms of this former high school were used by the Khmer Rouge as torture rooms. These rooms have been left largely as they were found when the camp was liberated.

photo on classroom wall

The photo on the wall shows how the room was found by the invading Vietnamese soldiers. The bodies of the last 14 victims of Tuol Sleng are buried on the grounds.

Victims' pictures

The Khmer Rouge, like most totalitarians, were excellent record keepers. These are pictures of just a few of their victims. Dangerous counter-revolutionaries, no doubt.

Shackles

These primitive shackles held the ankles of the Khmer Rouge's victims. Large number sof people were "ganged up" & shackled together by their ankles, forced to lay on the backs, side by side, and not utter a word to each other.

Skulls at Choeung Ek

Out at the killing fields, a tall "stupa" holds the bones of many of the estimated 20,000 victims who were transported from Tuol Sleng, executed, and buried on the site outside of Phnom Penh.

baby killing tree

Their barbarity knew no bounds, apparently.

Please click here to see all the pictures.

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