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By the end of 1980, more than 300,000 people had visited the museum at S-21, and thousands continue to see it each year. This room, where hundreds of prisoners were once shackled head to toe and washed by being hosed down every three to four days, now holds only those who come to learn about the 20th century's dark past.<br />
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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 />
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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.

By the end of 1980, more than 300,000 people had visited the museum at S-21, and thousands continue to see it each year. This room, where hundreds of prisoners were once shackled head to toe and washed by being hosed down every three to four days, now holds only those who come to learn about the 20th century's dark past.

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...
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