Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Khmer Rouge Mass Killings Re-enacted

Every year, on May 20, Cambodia hosts a National Day of Remembrance (Khmer: ទិវាជាតិនៃការចងចាំ), formerly called the National Day of Hatred – in remembrance of the genocide victims of the murderous Khmer Rouge regime that ruled Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. 

This year too, students from the Royal University of Fine Arts re-enacted torture during the reign of terror at Choeung Ek, a former Khmer Rouge "killing field" dotted with mass graves, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

I read that loudspeakers blared haunting music and spewed words of hate. And actors simulated the mass murder of civilians. Children weren’t spared and neither were the elderly. 

Cambodia endured great trauma  and its suffering population was decimated when up to two million people died under Pol Pot and his brutish clique.

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