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March 24, 2012

Choeung Ek (Killing Field)

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Choeung Ek is a mass grave containing thousands of human skulls and bones in Cambodia. Situated merely 17 km from Phnompenh, it had been an orchard and vineyard before becoming the Killing Field where the Khmer Rouge executed Cambodian people between 1975 and 1979.

 

 

The site of Choeung Ek witnessed the worst atrocity that people have ever imagined. Over 17,000 men, women and children were killed here after being suffered endless interrogations, torture and deprivation in the S-21 prison, now the Toul Sleng Museum of Genocide in Phnom Penh.

Today, Choeung Ek is a memorial, marked by a Buddhist stupa. Apart from the stupa, there are pits from which the bodies were exhumed. Human bones still litter the site.

 



 

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