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Sad Day in Phnom Penh

Day 12

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Staying in the Missionary Home gives me the privilege of joining them for Morning Worship at 6:50a.m., 10 minutes earlier than in Malaysia! Around 8 a.m., Wathana came by to bring me around. Wathana is 27 years old, speaks good English and regular pioneering. We will be going to some uncomfortable places today. Historically significant places.

First, Tuol Sleng. From the outside it looks ordinary enough, just an old school building located in the suburbs. But 30 years ago that was the most horrible place on Earth to be in. If ever there is a hell, I think this will be close enough to be one. The ordinariness of it all makes it the more terrifying. Looking into the eyes of the victims (in photographs) tells more stories than any pen can write; looking at the cell rooms shows that human can be more evil than any beast. How did the thousands who were imprisoned here felt? What was their outlook towards life, if any? Was there any hope in their lives?

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Entrance to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

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Just an ordinary school...

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... an ordinary corridor...

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... but instead of desks and chairs, innocent people were tied down...

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... some were kept in cells smaller than a toilet cubicle.

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These are the victims...

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... and these are the murderers...

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... who turned Cambodia into a river of blood.

Next we went to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek, 15km out. The Killing Fields, a term made famous by a movie, or rather a movie made famous by the term. Thousands were brought from various concentration camps to be executed here. Often they were bludgeoned to death, so that the demons can save their precious bullets. There is a stupa in memorial of these dead ones. Inside are thousands of skulls that have been unearthed, displayed for all to see. Imagine, the fear and horror experienced by those who are about to die, or knowing that their family are going to be dead. ~Shivers~

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Cheoung Ek Genocide Memorial Centre

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People were killed and mass buried in places like this...

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Stories about the Killing Fields...

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The stupa...

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... and its bones.

Posted by abellim 07:21 Archived in Cambodia

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that is very .. sad..

the 'eyes of victim' hits me...

by AdelineWon

hv fun in laos..

by AdelineWon

Hi.. Thanks..

Seems like I failed to keep my promise ya...

I don't have time to finish off Angkor Wat in my blog!

No choice... Have to wait for me to come back from Laos.

Have fun in Malaysia.

by abellim

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