Inbal Goldstein


At the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum near Phnom Penh: a close up of a pile of skulls.
Base of a tower at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum: through a window we see shelf after shelf of skulls. A sign reads "Would you please kindly show your respect to many million people who were killed under the genocidal Pol Pot regime."
A large tree trunk; next to it is a sign in Khmer and English which reads "Killing Tree Against Which Executioners Beat Children."
Looking through a row of iron bars, we see a wall of photographs of people who were executed at the Khmer Rouge torture center.

Images of S21 Khmer Rouge detention center, now the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Cambodia. (From Inbal's blog) Yesterday I visited the Killing Fields outside of Phnom Penh. Currently, this place is so peaceful, with the trees and grass gently blowing in the wind and the sound of school children playing in the surrounding fields. But walking around the dug up pits where people were hacked up with machetes, shot in the head, and repeatedly smashed with metal pipes gives one a heavy sense of sadness and desperation. You can still find pieces of torn clothing and human bones and teeth stuck in the ground inside and around the pits.

Over 18,000 were murdered in the Killing Fields, many after they had spent months in tiny cells and were brutally tortured. Everywhere I hang out…the TVs are showing really violent Asian films, with lots of bloody shootings, knife fights that end up in a bloody mess, people being burned alive, and gruesome torture scenes…I am yet to figure out this obsession with violence. Most Cambodians I encounter seem quite peaceful and very shy, but you also sense a real sadness…

All Images © Inbal Goldstein



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