Saturday, October 27, 2007

Choeung Ek Killing Fields

17,000 Cambodians were killed here. The pagoda near the entrance holds the skulls of over 8000 victims. As you walk through the mass graves, the area of which is smaller than a baseball diamond, there are bones and bits of clothing sticking out of the ground. Broken teeth litter the ground. They are very easy to find, just look down. Every rainy season more remains, bits of teeth, bone, and clothing, are exposed as the soil erodes away.

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2 comments:

bigsoxfan said...

Well named, aren't they. The Kmher weren't nearly as organized as the Nazi's, I've read that if you dig around some, you might find some gold. Fillings, bracelets, etc.. The downside of revolution and your standing in it.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

When the government commissioned the unearthing of the graves, the diggers signed up in droves in the hopes of finding gold, so we were told. We didn't find any.