Monday, April 07, 2008

Killing Fields, Phnom Penh

A place no doubt haunted by the souls of 40,000 unfortunates murdered by Pol Pot and his cronies.

“Sure” says a Tuk-Tuk driver in clear, “I will take you.”

Before we go straight there, you should go first to the Security Prison,” he says.
The Security Prison is actually the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. It was once a high school before Pol Pot turned it into a torture cell during his regime,” He explains. “Out of over 20.000 people that went through there, only seven came out alive.”
Tuol Sleng is the “deathliest” place in the world.
I shell out the us$2(RM 6) entry fee to a woman at the door and am told to wander about as I choose.

You can go inside anywhere you want and take many pictures,” she says. “We want the world to know of this evil.”
No matter how many times you read the word “ blood-smeared wall” , the reality doesn’t truly hit home until you’ve accidentally leaned against one.
One of the building bears testament to the crimes of the Khmer Rouge. Wallpapered with thousands of black and white photos of the victims of Tuol Sleng- many of them women and children- the hall is full of torture devices and the personal effects of those who had died there. An entire wall is taken up with a map of Cambodia, created wholly from human skull.

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Portraits of Khmer Rouge victims are on display at Tuol Sleng Some 8,000 human skulls of Khmer Rouge victims on display at Choeng Ek.

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