Sunday 4 March 2012: Pol Pot's handywork.
Some of you may be disturbed by this photo. You should be. Whilst many of my contemporaries were enjoying our early years of marriage and bringing our offspring into this world, Pol Pot and his mainly teenage, ignorant henchmen were busy systematically destroying this country. Within 3 days of the start of their revolution, Phnom Penh and all other cities were emptied of people - sent to the countryside to work for the Utopian but extreme Communist State which Pol Pot ruthlessly pursued. Of course intellectuals were weeded our and imprisoned, tortured and executed in the most brutal ways. For "intellectuals", read anyone who could read, wore glasses, had a profession or non-manual occupation - end of the line! Between 17th April 1975 and 8th August 1979, around 3 million Cambodians met their gory deaths at the hands of the communists. The "Genocidal Center" at Choeung Ek, was one of the larger Killing Fields, where at least 100,000 people were put to death. There are over 300 such sites in Cambodia.
This was one of the most harrowing and upsetting experiences of our lives, but I would not have missed it out of a visit to PP.
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God bless us all.