Slaughter of innocence
In Cambodia Its hard to believe between 1975 and 1979 the site of a former orchard would become a mass grave for the victims of the Khmer Rouge .
11 miles south of Phnom Penh, you will find the most notorious of these sites a place that has become known as 'The Killing Fields' where the Khmer Rouge regime executed over one million people. Many of the dead were former political prisoners, teachers, doctors, artists & academics who were imprisoned by the Khmer Rouge at their Tuol Sleng detention center.
Today, Choeung Ek is a memorial park, in the centre is a small temple which houses the skulls of 5000 of the victims that perished there, on occasion access is given so that visitors can see the skulls directly.
The can see clearly from the trauma injuries how most died.
Tourists are encouraged by the Cambodian government to visit Choeung Ek. Apart from the stupa, there are pits from which the bodies were exhumed. Human bones still litter the site.
On May 3, 2005, the Municipality of Phnom Penh announced that they had entered into a 30-year agreement with JC Royal Co. to develop the memorial at Choeung Ek. As part of the agreement, they are not to disturb the remains still present in the field.
The film The Killing Fields is a dramatized portrayal of events like those that took place at Choeung Ek.