Day 124: Tuol Sleng Security Prison and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek

Today I visited two incredibly harrowing sights, both dealing with the Khmer Rouge’s genocide in the 1970s. The Tuol Sleng Security Prison, originally a school, was used to detain, interrogate and torture prisoners. The Killing Fields at Choeung Ek, one of hundreds across the country, is where prisoners were executed. Often they were bludgeoned to death, or even buried alive, in order to save precious bullets.

The memorial building displays more than 8000 skulls, bones and ragged clothes of victims.