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Cheung Ek Killing Fields

Choeung Ek near Phnom Penh, Cambodia is one of several killing fields used by the Khmer Rouge. Several times a month under the cover of darkness, twenty to thirty frightened, blindfolded prisoners arrived by truck from the nearby Tuol Sleng S21 prison where they had been detained, interrogated and tortured. In most cases, they were taken from the truck and led to the ditches and pits where they were ordered to kneel down on the edge of the hole. With their hands tied behind them, they were clubbed with wooden clubs, hoes, sticks or anything else that served as a weapon of death or stabbed with knives or swords - anything to save bullets. If that savagery didn't kill them, the acidic chemicals, thrown into the graves to kill the odor of decomposition, completed the slaughter.

The more than 17,000 victims of the Khmer Rouge genocide killed at Choeung Ek included men, women, children and babies. Teeth, clothing and bone fragments continue to surface after flooding or heavy rains. More than 8,000 skulls exhumed from mass graves can be seen at the 17 story glass memorial stupa.

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