March 1st, 2007
“Of Laughter and Forgetting” a Multimedia Essay (7min).
Keywords: khmer rouge, genocide, phnom penh
Cambodian society was brought to its knees by the brutal reign of the Ultra Communist Khmer Rouge Republic (UCKRR) from 1975 to 1979. With a poor and traumatized population, courtesy of the UCKRR, Cambodia became a fairly lawless destination for child sex tourists. Poverty, lack of industry, and lack of education continues to plague the vulnerable population.
These images are from the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, an old school which became and interrogation and torture center for the Khmer Rouge regime, and images from Choeung Ek, one of the killing fields near Phnom Penh where 129 mass graves have been discovered of which 86 have been excavated. Upwards of 20,000 People were killed by bludgeon, knife, and poison at Choeung Ek, at times at a rate of 300 per day. An estimated 3 million people lost their lives, killed or starved, during the reign of the Khmer Rouge from 1975-1979.
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