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Only seven prisoners are believed to have survived their time in S-21. Their accounts reveal a regimen of daily horror. Interrogations took place from 7am until midnight and included the use of electric shocks, waterboarding, whipping and cutting. This is one of several beds that prisoners were tied to while being tortured.<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.

Only seven prisoners are believed to have survived their time in S-21. Their accounts reveal a regimen of daily horror. Interrogations took place from 7am until midnight and included the use of electric shocks, waterboarding, whipping and cutting. This is one of several beds that prisoners were tied to while being tortured.

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...
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