Cambodia Day 7: Tales from the dark side

As Geoff Le Pard says in his intro although graphic this post is chilling. Geoff is on a trip to Cambodia and in this post visits the darker side of Cambodia’s recent history. Whilst we were enjoying the emergence of the decade of flower power and love to all, the citizens of Cambodia were being subjected to genocide and starvation. Hard to read.. certainly but thought provoking and fascinating too. #recommended


This isn’t a graphic post but the subject matter is terribly difficult so please be advised, it won’t be for everyone. The pictures are from, first S21 the Khmer Rouge’s prison and torture centre based in a high school and, second from the Cheong Ek Genocidal Centre based at one of the Khmer’s ‘Killing Fields’ and mass graves. I deliberately chose soothing views.

You cannot come to Cambodia and not confront its recent history. The depth of its civilisation comes to be seen through the prism of one of the twentieth century’s most egregious conflicts and disgusting social experiments, up there with the genocides of Bosnia and Serbia and Rwanda (if we only dip back into the recent past).

If you lived through the 1960s and 1970s when the news contained regular references to the Vietnam war, you will have heard Phnom Penh mentioned, alongside the Ho Chi Ming Trail…

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