Liberation

Today, 7 January, is Liberation Day in Cambodia.  This post is dedicated to the people killed under the brutal Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot regime.  In the few short years from April 17, 1975 until their liberation on 7 January 1979, approximately one third (two million) of Cambodia's population were executed or died.

A visit today to the 'Killing Fields', which are 10km outside of Phnom Penh, was a moving and emotional experience.  It is hard to believe that human beings are capable of such cruelty and drives home how lucky most of us are to be born in a country where we will never know the fear and atrocity that the Cambodian people have faced.

I was too affected by what I saw to capture photos of what remains at the Killing Fields. Instead, I have included two images which contrast the life of those imprisoned, with the  symbols of life and hope on the streets in Phnom Penh today.

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