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Killing Fields Choeung Ek

Mass grave of 450 victims

Choeung Ek, the site of a former orchard and mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge – killed between 1975 and 1979 – about 17 kilometres (11 mi) south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is the best-known of the sites known as The Killing Fields, where the Khmer Rouge regime executed over one million people between 1975 and 1979. Mass graves containing 8,895 bodies were discovered at Choeung Ek after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. Cambodia Discovery tour

The Killing Field

The Killing Field

Choeung Ek Memorial is one of the many killing fields or execution and burial grounds used by the Khmer Rouge throughout Cambodia. Mass graves were discovered there after the Khmer Rouge fled the city, and estimates say up to 15,000 people were executed there. The visit, with informative audio guides in many languages, is very detailed and includes testimony from both survivors and guards of the regime.

The Killing Tree

The Killing Tree

Choeung Ek is Cambodia’s best known killing field, although many travelers do not realize that this was just one of the many, many that dot the country. After overthrowing the Khmer Republic regime during 1975-1979, Ultra communist Khmer Rouge Regime (UCKRR) converted Choeung Ek commune into the most cruel and barbaric killing field on earth. When Pol Pot and his murderous organization took control of the country, he tried to enforce his communist dream through a nightmare of fear and violence. Anyone with the ability to think for themselves was seen as a threat and he set out to eliminate them. Simply having a career as something like a lawyer, doctor, linguist or teacher was enough to mark you for death. Choeung Ek killing field was the second most important part of the larger Security Prison called S-21 center which included the detention, torture and interrogation center (Toul Sleng Prison), the first main headquarters. Cambodia travel packages

More than 15,000 people, transported from Tuol Sleng, are believed to have been murdered here. They were often bludgeoned to death to avoid wasting precious bullets. Guides explain that bullets were too precious to use for executions. Axes, knives and bamboo sticks were far more common. As for children, their murderers simply battered them against trees. Fragments of human bone and bits of cloth are scattered around the disinterred pits. Over 8000 skulls, arranged by sex and age, are visible behind the clear glass panels of the Memorial Stupa, which was erected in 1988.

Mass grave of 450 victims

Mass grave of 450 victims

Choeung Ek is a memorial, marked by a Buddhist stupa. The stupa has acrylic glass sides and is filled with more than 5,000 human skulls. Some of the lower levels are opened during the day so that the skulls can be seen directly. Many have been shattered or smashed in. The Choeung Ek Memorial is now a group of mass graves, killing areas and a memorial stupa containing thousands of human skulls and long bones.

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