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We have also had the opportunity to travel to some amazing places in China, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Bali. We have archived all of our travels and living experiences abroad; and if you wish, you can read about our adventures by finding the archives on the right of this page and by checking our Photo Album.
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Sunday, September 28, 2008
Cambodia - Killing Fields and Genocide Museum
Jamie and I had a very somber morning touring the Killing Fields and Genocide Museum. From 1975 to 1979 around the city of Phnom Penh, the country was taken over by a ultra communist government. During the Khmer Rouge regime, they slaughtered between 1 and 2.5 million men, women, and children of various occupations and social classes. A taxi took us 15 km south of the city to view the "Killing Fields." There we saw the holes of the mass graves and the large monument for those who died there. Inside the monument are the skulls of some of the people that were buried in the mass graves. After our visit to the Killing Fields, we went back into the city and visited the Genocide Museum. During the Khmer Rouge, it was converted from a school into a prison and torture chambers. The museum consists of 4 buidings and like the Killing Fields was very emotional. These 2 places are certainly ones we will never forget.
When viewing the pictures below, please beware. For us, it was education of the disaster of what humans can do to one another. The photos will show the places where children were slaughtered and people were tortured. I have taken the pictures of the human skulls, so just beware.
Hollywood did a moview back in 1984 and we purchased an awarding winning documentary.
I would say enjoy the photos but it is not something you enjoy. You only hope the world can learn from these tragic events and move on peacefully.
Let me know if you have any questions. There is a TON of information out there concerning the Killing Fields, Khmer Rouge, Tuol Sleng, and the Genocide Museum in Cambodia. Do some research.