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The Killing Fields

This was a very sad place to visit, especially so early on our trip. However, it was important that we went there to learn about the tragic history of the evil Pol Pot regime and its innocent victims. Almost everything we witnessed in Cambodia from this point on was in some way connected to the murderous Khmer Rouge. This was a calm, peaceful place when we were there. It was very hot and very quiet. Colourful tropical butterflies flitted from flower to flower. The vegetation was green and lush. Veasna told us the sad story of his father's own murder by the Khmer Rouge. He explained why it was important for the people of Cambodia to know that justice would be done at the Khmer Rouge trials. Everywhere we walked, pieces of rag and bone were exposed on the ground - a vivid reminder of what had happened here and how recently these events had occurred.

Several days later our group was fortunate to be addressed by Justice Rowan Downing, who is sitting on the pre-trial courts. He explained how the Khmer Rouge Trials would operate and why these trials were important for the nation. He brought along two assistants to help him. Justice Downing is a former student of our school. It was a memorable evening.
Veasna relates the story of his father's death.JPG
Veasna relates the story of his father's death.JPG
Rules for visitors Killing Fields.JPG
Rules for visitors Killing Fields.JPG
Stupa Killing Fields.JPG
Stupa Killing Fields.JPG
Veasna Killing Fields.JPG
Veasna Killing Fields.JPG
Veasna and mass grave Killing Fields.JPG
Veasna and mass grave Killing Fields.JPG
Mass graves Killing Fields.JPG
Mass graves Killing Fields.JPG
Mass graves Killing Fields.JPG
Mass graves Killing Fields.JPG
Mass graves Killing Fields.JPG
Mass graves Killing Fields.JPG
Cloth fragments Killing Fields.JPG
Cloth fragments Killing Fields.JPG
Magic Tree Killing Fields.JPG
Magic Tree Killing Fields.JPG
Bone fragments Killing Fields.JPG
Bone fragments Killing Fields.JPG
Killing tools Killing Fields.JPG
Killing tools Killing Fields.JPG
Veasna and sugar palm Killing Fields.JPG
Veasna and sugar palm Killing Fields.JPG
Sugar palm Killing Fields.JPG
Sugar palm Killing Fields.JPG
Serrated palm leaves Killing Fields.JPG
Serrated palm leaves Killing Fields.JPG
Veasna and serrated palm leaves Killing Fields.JPG
Veasna and serrated palm leaves Killing Fields.JPG
The tragic story Killing Fields.JPG
The tragic story Killing Fields.JPG
Stupa 01 Killing Fields.JPG
Stupa 01 Killing Fields.JPG
Stupa 02 Killing Fields.JPG
Stupa 02 Killing Fields.JPG
Stupa 03 Killing Fields.JPG
Stupa 03 Killing Fields.JPG
Victims' skulls 01 Killing Fields.JPG
Victims' skulls 01 Killing Fields.JPG
Victims' skulls 02 Killing Fields.JPG
Victims' skulls 02 Killing Fields.JPG
Victims' skulls 03 Killing Fields.JPG
Victims' skulls 03 Killing Fields.JPG
Victims' skulls 04 Killing Fields.JPG
Victims' skulls 04 Killing Fields.JPG
Justice Rowan Downing War Crimes Trials Phnom Penh.JPG
Justice Rowan Downing War Crimes Trials Phnom Penh.JPG
Justice Rowan Downing War Crimes Trials Phnom Penh.JPG
Justice Rowan Downing War Crimes Trials Phnom Penh.JPG
Justice Rowan Downing War Crimes Trials Phnom Penh.JPG
Justice Rowan Downing War Crimes Trials Phnom Penh.JPG
Justice Rowan Downing War Crimes Trials Phnom Penh.JPG
Justice Rowan Downing War Crimes Trials Phnom Penh.JPG