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The Killing Fields of Cambodia

Posted March 29, 2013
The "Killing Fields" refers to several sites across Cambodia where, during the short rule of the Khmer Rouge regime (1975 to 1979) millions of people were tortured and killed. Those who were not killed, died of starvation and diseases. No exact number has been determined but it is estimated that between 1.5 and 3 million people died out of a 1975 country population of about 8 million.  A visit to the sites where people were locked up, tortured and brutally killed is an emotional experience only rivalled by a visit to Nazi concentration camps such as Auschwitz II–Birkenau in Poland. The "Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum" in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, is located in a former high school which was used by the Khmer Rouge regime as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Here you can read the stories and look at hundreds of mugshot photographs of the victims taken during torture and before execution. Many were women and children.  READ MORE...