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Friday, October 19, 2012

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PhotoJournal - Cambodia: Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Koh Rong - Jennifer Meinhardt

 at the killing fields
Some of the artifacts left over at S-21. Toul Sleng was a high school that the Khmer Rouge turned into a "holding and questioning" area for suspected enemies of the Angkar. They would force false confessions out of their fellow Cambodians, which meant death to their entire family - to prevent any future vindication from surviving family members. Each school room turned torture chamber contained one metal bed with shackles and a single image of a prisoner in that room after torture.
Our first night on Koh Rong we stayed at Monkey Island Lodge. I went to lay back on the bed and there was a thump right behind my head. This thing fell out of the ceiling and almost landed on my face. It was not small.
Little Milo cleaning Fernando's plate. This was commonplace after our meals and usually during as well.
Classrooms turned torture chambers at S-21, or Tuol Sleng - which is Khmer for "Hill of the Poisonous Trees".
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