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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Images of Genocide

Nearly thirty years after the Khmer Rouge waged its ultra-communist genocide against the people of Cambodia, a few of the senior members of regime are finally being brought to trial. Kaing Guek Eav, better known as "Duch," was the Chief of Security and commanding officer at S21. He returns to trail this week, Duch is the first high-ranking Khmer Rouge Officer to be tried in a hybrid United-Nations and Cambodian court under the “Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia”. Duch, now an Evangelical Christian, voluntarily surrendered to authorities. He is the only Khmer Rouge official to not only admit his crimes, but also express remorse and agree to cooperate with the tribunal.

Below is a photo essay illustrating the Cambodia genocide, as it is memorialized at S21 and the Killing Fields outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Bone fragments and clothing shreds stick out of the ground at the killing fields

The Khmer Rouge, like the Nazis, kept meticulous records of their crimes, including photographs of their victims

A bed in a cell where prisoners were tortured to death

Children playing at the killing fields

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