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Choeung Ek stupa

Pic of the Week: 29 November 2011

The stupa at Choeung Ek extermination camp

by Kay McMahon © 2011

For all its beauty, this stupa is a memorial to an devastatingly tragic event in Cambodia’s recent past – it’s the centrepiece of the Choeung Ek Genocide Center, a museum set up to document and preserve the memory of the mass murder of over three million Cambodians by the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-79. About 20,000 men, women and children died horribly at Choeung Ek – the stupa contains the skulls of about 8,000 of them as testimony to the brutality that was unleashed on Cambodia’s people during those years.

You can read more about the Choeung Ek killing field here:
The Killing Fields

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