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The killing fields

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I always like to write about positive topics but this is an exception. I have read about Cambodian history, and what the country and it's people have gone through but nothing prepared me for the what had happened during Pol Pot's reign. Between 1975 and 1979 The slaughter of over 3 million Khemers by the Khemer Rouge. Destroying temples, schools, hospitals, and sending the country back into the stone age.    
Visiting The killing fields,  the first sight is a stupa dedicated to the thousands buried in the mass graves here. Inside the stupa are the thousands of skulls of the people who were murdered here. What makes this genocide more horrific than the many in this world, is that the Khrmer Rouge were ruthless.  They didn't kill with bullets, they killed their own brothers and sisters by beating them with axes, bats, knives, clubs. They buried people alive, mothers lay with their babies in the graves. [warning: the next part is graphic] The KR believed that the chieldren might one day grow up and take revenge, so the Khemer Rouge killed babies by holding their legs and smashing their heads against a tree.
Pol Pot was never tried, he was in exile in Thailand and died from natural causes. A few of his gang members are still alive and are facing justice. 

I will take a moment of silence for those who lie at Choeung ex and those 3 million Cambodians who have parrished.

Posted by veeds 00:12 Archived in Cambodia

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