1/1
S-2110.jpg
Until 2002, visitors could see the infamous map of Cambodia made with the skulls of people killed by the Khmer Rouge. Now the map has been removed on the grounds that it was too sensational, but a picture of it remains and the same skulls are displayed in a glass case in the museum.<br />
<br />
On 17th April 1975, after five years of civil war, Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge, who instigated a brutal reign of terror that would see the death of some 1.7 million Cambodians. In an attempt to create a self-sufficient agrarian paradise, cities were emptied, money and religion were banned and roughly a quarter of the population was worked and starved to death or executed. <br />
<br />
At the centre of this brutality was S-21, also known as Tuol Sleng, the Khmer Rouge prison located in the grounds of an old Phnom Penh school. Before the Vietnamese liberation of Phnom Penh on 7th January 1979, at least 14,000 people were tortured and executed here or at the nearby Choeung Ek killing field.

Until 2002, visitors could see the infamous map of Cambodia made with the skulls of people killed by the Khmer Rouge. Now the map has been removed on the grounds that it was too sensational, but a picture of it remains and the same skulls are displayed in a glass case in the museum.

On 17th April 1975, after five years of civil war, Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge, who instigated a brutal reign of terror that would see the death of some 1.7 million...
more »

Copyright Rob Few