The Killing Fields of Phnom Penh

July 23, 2009 · 4 comments

Cambodian flag hanging at half-mast in the Killing Fields

Cambodian flag hanging at half-mast in the Killing Fields

During the Khmer Rouge rule of the country from 1975 to 1979, immediately after the end of the Vietnam war, over 200,000 people were executed and buried in the killing fields just outside Phnom Penh, the captial of Cambodia. The total deaths of the regime is estimated to be 1.4-2.2million (out of the 7 million population) mostly due to starvation and disease.

Skulls inside the memorial stupa

Skulls inside the memorial stupa

In order to save on ammunition, many of the executions were done with sharpened sticks, axes, etc and victims put in mass graves of up to 200 people, but typically around the 100 mark.

Tree against which children were beaten

Tree against which children were beaten

The victims were undug in 1980 after Vietnam took the Khmer Rouge regime down out of the mass graves and a memorial stupa was built with glass windows and filled with the skulls of the victims to release their souls after their brutal death. The holes from the graves being dug up are still present there today.

The graves where the bodies of hundreds of skeletons were found.

The graves where the bodies of hundreds of skeletons were found

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Reggie Gewant December 5, 2011 at 4:58 PM

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AdventureRob December 6, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Thanks, took over 2 years to get a comment on this, I guess because of the morbid content.

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