The Killing Fields
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
It is estimated that the Khmer Rouge killed two million
Cambodians during the years 1975-1979. Tourists are
shown the locations where this horror took place.
A former high school became the Khmer Rouge Security
Prison 21 in Phnom, Penh, the capital. Now the Tuoi Sieng
Museum, it documents how the Khmer Rouge tortured their
victims. Each prisoner was photographed, and walls are
covered with the faces of women and children, in addition to
men. All were murdered by the Khmer Rouge.
Torture techniques are presented in a series of paintings.
The most chilling display at this museum was a map of
Cambodia composed entirely of human skulls and bones,
a testament to what the Khmer Rouge did to the country.
The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. The prisoners were
executed at an extermination camp 15 miles outside of
Phnom Penh. The Khmer Rouge bludgeoned them to death
in order to save bullets. This Memorial Stupa at the Killing
Fields does more than mark the site of mass murder.
Inside the Memorial Stupa are more than 8,000 human
skulls, each one recovered from the mass graves here. Other
mass graves have not been touched. Cambodians wish the
Khmer Rouge genocide to be remembered.
A visit to Phnom Penh can also be very pleasant.
This lovely building is part of the Royal Palace.
I filmed an afternoon of boat races, later followed
by lit water floats such as this one. Cambodians
are making their way back to normal life.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free video of this trip by clicking
on: Ho Asked Me to Go