Wednesday, October 29, 2008

More Photos (II) of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (October 16-18, 2008)

Tuol Sleng, also known as S-21, was used by the Khmer Rouge as a prison and interrogation center from 1975 to 1979. The complex was originally built as a local high school, and the sunny courtyard with flowering trees and the checkered school room floors contrast perversely with the torture that took place inside.
Many of the school rooms were divided into tiny cells; other rooms were used for torture and interrogation Photos of Tuol Sleng victims; it's estimated that up to 20,000 people were imprisoned and tortured at Tuol Sleng before being executed at the nearby Choeng Ek killing fields
A giant memorial stupa in the center of the Choeng Ek killing fields holds thousands of unearthed skulls and bones of the people who were brutally killed by the Khmer Rouge; to the left of the photo is one of the marked mass graves
Although a number of the mass graves are marked, new fragments of bone are revealed throughout the site each year after heavy rainsSkulls in the memorial stupa at Choeung Ek

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