Saturday, March 26, 2011

#485 Phnom Penh

We take a LOT of photos when we’re sailing with Semester at Sea.

At the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields of Cambodia, we took no photos. Yet we will remember our visit.

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum had previously been the Security Office 21 (S21) for Pol Pot’s “Democratic Kampuchea” from 1975 to 1979. S21 was surrounded by 2 rows of corrugated iron fence covered with dense barbed wire. Inside S21 was used for detention, interrogation, and torture of those deemed to be a threat to the Khmer Rouge and its leader Pol Pot. After victims confessed, their photograph was taken and then they were blindfolded and driven 15 km outside of Phnom Penh where they were killed.

For a more recent update on the beleagured Cambodians, read this from The New York Review of Books:

Yours in needing no photos,

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