Sunday, 11 January 2009

The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek

Just 15km from security centre S-21 lies the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. During the four year period from 1975 to1979, around 17,000 people - men, women and children - were brought here. They were taken to the edges of mass graves and killed. To save precious bullets, some of the victims had been bludgeoned to death with blunt or sharp instruments.

The white stupa contains the skulls of around 8,000 people whose remains were exhumed. Other skulls still lie in untouched mass graves.

Walking around the graves, evidence clearly points to the evil that had happened here. There were remnants of clothing littering the earth. We glimpsed pieces of bones peaking through the paths. Some of the trees had deep machete cuts in them.