The Killing Fields...
Trip Start Oct 31, 2003
16Trip End Jun 30, 2004
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I have to admit, I had heard a few things here and there about Cambodian History before arriving here, but I was totally unprepared for what I experienced after landing. The magnitude of destruction and suffering that occurred under the Khmer Regime is staggering. There were times I physically felt ill seeing the sights. It was absolutely repulsive. For those who aren't familiar with the history, in brief, during the 70's the Cambodians suffered a mass genocide at the hands of the Khmer Rouge dictatorship. The atrocities that the people faced were just unfathomable. 2 million were killed in about 4 years in utterly cruel and sick ways. Too bad they don't have any oil, maybe something would have been done.
I went to the Killing Fields memorial via motorbike a few kilometers outside of Phnom Pehn
It's been over twenty years now, but there are still reminders that are unavoidable. There are bones and teeth and clothing bits sticking out of the dirt. Not to mention the land mine victims that you see EVERYWHERE. There are amputees left, right and center. I guess they are STILL uncovering bombs all the time.
It's bizzarre because the Cambodians seem like very gentle people in general.
The city of Phnom Pehn itself had some very beautiful palaces and museums, but after seeing the Khmer Rouge exhibits, the place gave me the heebie jeebies big time.
Anyway, if you're in the area, it's a must see. Very powerful. If for no other reason then to appreciate Canada and the privledges that democracy has afforded us.
Kay, lecture over. : )