The Dark Side of Cambodia

The scars of war are still raw in the minds and body of people in Cambodia.

Try as I may to reiterate their pain, lost and describe the poverty stricken land- I feel lost for words.


Floating Village, Siem Reap

A boat at most 3 by 3 metre large is home to a whole family with young kids just by the Tonle Sap river. Tourist like myself pay to ‘visit’ their village, in other words, their state of poverty is made into a tourist attraction.

No ordinary pet

And how much do they gain from the money we give? I don’t know. 

They hop on your boat in a blink of an eye

Children are made to beg for money and ask for sympathy, so tourists buy into it and purchase their goods. Very difficult life, but they lead a simple life. Despite it all, they still smile at my camera and play by the water.

Kids playing at Tonle Sap lake

My friend asked if I feel very fortunate that I’m not one of them, and surely i have a mounting sympathy overflowing for them. Suprisingly, this time round, I don’t feel such as strong empathy as when I saw beggers and poor families in China. Of course, I feel grateful for what I have, but there is only so much one can do, and after listening to so much prior to the trip, it numbs me more then anything else.

“Please buy…”

When I’m in a much developed country, I feel like I’m in poverty. When I’m in a developing country, I feel I’m doing okay but I could do better. When I’m in third world country, I feel like a millionaire. So feelings, just can’t be trusted.

Building C with electric barbed wires, Genocide Museum Toul Sleng

What did moved me was the anguish, deep hurt and bone chilling cold I felt at the genocide museum Toul Sleng in Phnom-Penh. The former Khmer Rouge S-21 Prison used as a torture ground, interrogation cells and in my opinion, cold blooded murder. I was feverish when I was there, and whatever I have heard of the place did not prepare me for what I saw. No human were treated like human, just by listening to their experiences and looking at photographs brought cold sweat to my forehead and chills down my spine. And almost every citizen was scarred and traumatised by the experience from the Pol Pot regime to Khmer Rouge.

The Regulations in the Prison

1.You must answer accordinly to my questions. Do not turn them away.

2. Do not try to hide the facts by making pretext of this and that. You are strictly prohibited to contest me.

3.DO not be a fool for you are a chap who dares to thwart the revolution.

4.You must immediately answer my questions without wasting time to reflect.

5. Do not tell me either about your immotalities or the revolution.

6.While getting lashes or electrification you must not cry at all .

7. Do nothing. Sit still and wait for my orders. If there is no order, keep quite. When I ask you something, you must do it right away without protesting.

8.Do not make pretext about Kampuchea Krom in order to hide your jaw of traitor.

9. If you do not follow all the above rules, you shall get many lashes of electric wire.

10. If you disobey any point of my regulations you shall get either ten lashes or fice shocks of electric discharge.

This is only a glimpse of what I saw. Which I am sure is only a friction of the real historical bloodshed. Visit the place for yourself, and find out what hell on Earth really means.


Memorial at Killing Field

This beautiful memorial houses the skulls of victims killed here. Ironically serene as it may seem, at least 10 tiers of skulls were stacked up to the top of the building.


One Response to “The Dark Side of Cambodia”

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