Phnom Penh – Tuol Sleng

Tuol Sleng used to be a high school until it was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as the S21 prison from 1975 to 1979. Most people housed there were killed, including guards of the prison itself and other Khmer Rouge members, as the organisation turned on itself. If you are interested in reading more then please do Google, as this isn’t going to be much of a history lesson. Needless to say, the visit was an incredibly moving experience, especially seeing the photos of the victims (of which there were many), some of their skulls (the rest are at the killing fields, which we didn’t visit), clothing, and of course the cells they were held in, complete with shackles and torture devices.

The outside of the building. You can probably guess what these posts were used for.

Barbed wire stopped the prisoners from taking the easier way out.

Some of the cells.

Looking into a cell.

Water-boarding – torture method of choice by the Khmer Rouge, a group of hard-line, hard-arsed, ruthless communists who killed hundreds of thousands of people and… the US government.


A small number of the victims – there must have been about 15 boards like this…

…including several of children. I think this boys face says it all.

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