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Posted By: bymy141, 03-29-2010, 11:39 AM

Photos made in Tuol Sleng (Genocide museum S21 in Phnom Penh) and the killing fields.

Around 17.000 people were taken to S21, one of the 521 security centres of the Khmer Rouge. None lived to survive. All were tortured.



Prisoners were held in open cells chained to their feet.



They were not allowed to make any noise. If any was made, they were beaten still silence.



All prisoners were tortured. Here one of the many old class rooms used as torture chamber.



We spend around an hour and half in S21 and had to leave, feeling too sick to continue.

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03-29-2010, 12:07 PM   #2
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Very moving photos that evoke a lot of strong emotions. My only hope is that the evil people that did this will someday experience...or are now experiencing the same torture they so heartlessly inflicted on others!
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I had a chance to visit the same place in Nov 2005. Brings back memories. Great Captures!
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Very interesting pictures to see and to read about!

Good work!

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First I didn't read your text, I was just looking at the pictures and they evoked strong emotions! So well done, I think you succeeded in your intention!
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First I didn't read your text, I was just looking at the pictures and they evoked strong emotions! So well done, I think you succeeded in your intention!
Iris, dank je wel.
We waren echt een paar dagen echt van slag...

One more picture... of a picture.
Notice the way the number is tagged... and the look in his eyes


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Dramatic as it drives home the message of war and the cost to the ppl Stirring emotions TFS

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I, personally, could not bring myself to photograph any skulls at that place but you have other good images.

The photographs of the prisoners was depressing at the very least.
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"We spend around an hour and half in S21 and had to leave, feeling too sick to continue."

There are "memorial" kind of places that I'd visit, but probably not this one. Thanks for the sharing the photos however, they're very powerful images. I remember watching a documentary on this topic last year and these photos reminded me of the ones used in the documentary. What a dark chapter of human history.
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QuoteOriginally posted by shawnxji Quote
There are "memorial" kind of places that I'd visit, but probably not this one. Thanks for the sharing the photos however, they're very powerful images. I remember watching a documentary on this topic last year and these photos reminded me of the ones used in the documentary. What a dark chapter of human history.
Yes, you are right. It shows the dark side of mankind.

When visiting Cambodja (Kampuchea) you cannot not visit this genocide museum, despite the fact that it is not a "positive holiday experience".
The Pol Pot regime did, with all it's wrong doings, put back the economic and social development of Kampuchea for 2 generations or more.
The grim thing here is that except for the 5 or 6 main leaders all war criminals are free and often maintain high positions in the army or government.
An effect you can see in other countries that have experienced such horror throughout the ages.

History repeating itself.

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Wow, this is a very moving series. The fact that people could do that to other people is really disturbing and scary as well. I too hope that the people that did this will someday feel the same torture that they inflicted on so many people.
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Bert, somehow I missed these when you posted them. These are strong pictures, not nice ones...
What a terrible time! Thought provoking, dark....
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