Tuol Sleng – a very sobering experience
Tuol Sleng, Genocide Museum originally a school, taken over by the Khmer Rouge in 1975 and used as torture headquarters. It became known as S21. I felt a great deal of unease as we ventured through the front gate into the grounds of the Tuol Sleng.
Grim reminders at Tuol Sleng
Grim reminders greet you with the 12 graves where the corpses of the last remaining victims at Tuol Sleng were laid to rest. When the Vietnam Army arrived in Phnom Penh in 1975 they recovered the twelve bodies. The Khmer Rouge retreated to the country. The Vietnam Army found only 3 people still alive in Tuol Sleng. These were people who were still useful to the Khmer Rouge for writing up records and photography skills.
At Tuol Sleng the rooms are now bare except for a couple of old iron beds used to torture victims on. A photo in each room is evidence of the horror they endured. The terrible torture victims of the Khmer Rouge were subjected to, made them confess to whatever crimes they were charged with. Routine beatings, electric shocks, hangings, torture with hot metal instruments, suffocation with plastic bags were just some of the means of torture and killings by the Khmer Rouge.
Haunting faces, a reminder of the horror at Tuol Sleng
The most haunting thing for me was the thousands of photos taken of the Cambodian victims at Tuol Sleng, all with a look of such helplessness in their eyes. Razor wire still encloses the top balconies of the building. This was to prevent prisoners from jumping to an early death to escape more torture.
You have to wonder how this could have happened, and why it takes so long before any intervention occurs. Records show that seventeen thousand people passed through this prison on route to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek.
Tuol Sleng is a very sobering experience, and if you visit Phnom Penh you should visit this Museum.
From Tuol Sleng we visited the Killing fields outside Phnom Penh.
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