but nowadays in modern Cambodia , monks can walk freely
on the road without being killed by the communists.
Choueng Ek Killing Fields.
This is the place where almost 1/3 of the country’s men,
women, children were killed. Many were tortured for
long periods of time, sometimes for more than 3 years.
For years there was mass-murder in progress and the
world didn’t even know about it until it was almost too late.
came to power in Cambodia (Kampuchea) in 1975.
He was named prime minister of the new communist government
in 1976 and began a program of violent reform.
The Khmer Rouge abolished currency, religion and private property
and evacuated cities in the hopes of creating a Maoist agrarian society
free of Western influence.
Under his regime, forced labor, executions and famine
killed between 1.5 and 2 million Cambodians.
Pol Pot don't want to waste bullets , so he used various other methods
to kill , including sword , axe , hammer , and even
the jaggered edge of this palm tree.
listen to the real story of the evil Khmer Rouge Regime while
passing through the various checkpoints in the Killing Fields area.
and sounds of meetings and traditional music were played to
mask the sound of the tortured victims and to avoid suspicion
by the villagers.
Pol Pot declared 'Year Zero' when
Khmer Rouge captured Phnom Penh on April 17, 1975.
He immediately directed a ruthless program to "purify"
Cambodian society of capitalism, Western culture,
religion and all foreign influences.
He wanted to create Cambodia into an isolated and
totally self-sufficient Maoist agrarian state.
Anyone who opposed were killed.
Foreigners were expelled, embassies closed,
and the currency abolished. Markets, schools, newspapers,
religious practices and private property were forbidden.
Pol Pot died in 1998.
with the fact that the mass genocide happened just recently ,
and most of the Khmer Rouge armies are recruited from the teenagers
of that time , these killers are actually still alive today
and live among the people of modern Cambodia.
babies were slammed onto the tree bark to kill them.
when they first found out about this tree , bloodstains and
brain fragments were found scattered around the tree.
a 17 storeys tower.
17 is a significant number for Cambodian , as the Khmer Rouge
started their reign on 17th April 1975.
to put thing into perspective on the time period ,
during that time Malaysia is lead by the
third prime minister Tun Hussein Onn .
Malaysia was at peace while communist regime in
Cambodia has just started.
entrance to the Killing Fields is USD $6 per head including
the audio tour.
Tuk Tuk ride from Phnom Penh costs approximately USD $15
even laundry place offers free WiFi connection.
on our works done in Koh Kong ( click here )
thank you very much!
finally a return flight heading home.
10-14th June 2015