Two Years in the Kingdom- International Court

December 6, 2017

Hello All, and thanks for following me. This weeks blog post is about the international court that tried Pol Pots inner circle for crimes committed during the years of the Khmer Rouge. 1.7 million people had died in a relatively short period of time beginning with the US bombing raids, the brutality of the Pol Pot regime, followed by the civil war. When it was finally over, a quarter of the population of Cambodia had died from either war, execution or starvation. However, the UN backed international court doesn’t put an end to this painful part of history. Anyone who is over 40 years old in Cambodia has painful memories from this time. So many had lost friends and family. The host father of my current family lost 4 relatives. My previous host mother lost 3 cousins. The soldiers came one day and she never saw them again. The picture on the right is of the court itself. The picture on the left is Chum Mey, one of the few survivors of Tuol Sleng that is still alive today. Please refer to an earlier post on Tuol Sleng prison. Due to the court, Duch, the Chief of Tuol Sleng prison, will spend his remaining days of life behind bars.

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