The Friday Photo #46 – Genocide Museum, Cambodia

The most sobering day of my six months on the road last year was undoubtedly my time in the Killing Fields and at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in the Cambodian capital of Phonm Penh.

The above photo is of one of the spartan torture chambers at the Genocide Museum.  The stains on the walls and floor spoke mute volumes about the atrocities that were inflicted here by Pol Pot’s men.

With reminders of humanity’s horrific ability to inflict pain and suffering on others visible at every turn, this room and the many others like it were not places you wanted to linger.

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    Bocas Chick

    March 4, 2011

    Looks like an ordinary room but I will never stay their over night :)

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    March 6, 2011

    What was most horrific for me about Tuol Sleng was the way, as with the NKVD and Gestapo, that torture was institutionalised. It didn't matter what people confessed to, or whether they confessed, they were tortured and then they were killed.

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    March 7, 2011

    I have never visited a place like that, but I think I would feel very uncomfortable walking around there knowing all the things that happend in the past.

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