Phnom Penh- Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

In 1975 Tuol Sleng genocide Museum was S-21 prison, Pol Pot's largest centre of detention and torture in the country. Of the 20,000 men, women, and children that passed through the prison, only 7 survived. The Khmer Rouge leaders were meticulous in keeping records of their prisoners. Displayed on the walls alongside eachother were photos of prisoners taken before and after torture. Particularly horrific to see the photos of the tiny little children staring at the camera, knowing they'd later been tortured and killed. S-21 claimed an average of 100 victims each day. We walked between the cells that still had blood stains on the floors. The front of the buildings had been covered in sheets of barbed wire to prevent prisoners jumping down to commit suicide.
Between 1975 and 1978 17,000 men, women and children who had previously been tortured at S-21 prison were transported to the extermination camp now known as the Killing Fields. They were often bludgeouned to death to save bullets. There's a tree that was called the Killing Tree, where babies and children were lifted by their ankles and swung against to kill them. DDT was poured over bodies to cover the smell and kill those buried alive. Bits of bone and clothing still stick out from the ground around the paths and mass graves.









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