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3…2…1… Action – Killing Fields & S-21 Torture Center

In between sobs while visiting the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng (S-21), we were able to capture some self explanatory video.

Take a step into the former secondary school turned interrogation and torture center code named S-21. The video captures the rows of small prison stalls where enemies of the revolution would be chained when not being tortured prior to their inevitable murder:

Amongst the hardest places we have visited, the Killing Fields speak volumes to mankind’s ability to perpetrate pure evil. The video begins on the “killing tree” where the Khmer Rouge would rip children from their mother’s clutch and smash their tiny skulls:

- Greg and Ash

Learn From Our Footsteps:

1) If you are interested in learning more about the Cambodian hardship, may we suggest a spectacular book?  First They Killed My Father written by Loung Ung is a firsthand account of one family’s wretched experience during Pol Pot’s “Great Leap Forward.” Her depiction of evacuating Phnom Penh, life in the collectives, family members disappearing, and living amongst the paranoia is nothing short of heartbreaking yet is quite informative.

  • Alan

    Thank you for posting this information, We visited Cambodia recently and while we never sought out the sites you visited (We were at Siem Reap to see the Temples) the history is all around and we were moved by the people of Cambodia and the way that they just seem to be trying to get on with life despite the evil that has been brought down on them from the bombing by the Americans and her Allies (more bombs were dropped on Cambodia than Vietnam) to the pure evil of the Pol Pot years these wonderful people still find it in themselves to smile and welcome foreigners.
    I hope more and more people visit this wonderful country and bring hard cash to spend, we will definitely go back – Alan & Sofia (http://www.worldtravelgapyear.com)

  • fofs

    Alan – Thanks for the comment. You are correct in how courageous the Cambodians are just by living life with the constant smiles on their faces despite all the terror they have faced. The country is in need of tourist cash and hopefully more places will develop beyond just Siem Reap.

    Happy Travels,
    Greg & Ash

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