Saturday, June 16, 2012

ECCC field trip part 2: Tuol Sleng

After visiting a Killing Field outside of Phnom Penh, the last part of the ECCC field trip was to go to Tuol Sleng, also known as S-21 Prison. (Read part one, the Choeung Ek Killing Field here.)

Before the war it was a school,during the Khmer Rouge regime it was used as a torture prison, and now it is a genocide museum. During the four years of the Khmer Rouge regime, it housed between 17,000-20,000 people, also hence the number of people who were estimated to be killed at the    Killing Field. Reading about what the inmates at S-21, many of whom were just teachers or educated individuals went through is astounding. They were tortured in the worst ways possible to make them confess to any sort of crime, or to turn on anyone they knew. If you would like to read more about what the inmates endured during their months in Tuol Sleng, go here.

In one of the old school buildings they have set up some of the beds that inmates were strapped to and tortured in, next to pictures of them being tortured. In the next building, it is full of pictures of every inmate. Looking at these really gives you an idea of how many people suffered there. The pictures seemed endless.

If you are coming to Phnom Penh and are looking to learn more about what the country endured during the Khmer Rouge regime, go here, and also visit Choeung Ek Killing Field.

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