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Victims of Pol Pot's Cambodian regime by John Mitchell

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Skulls I saw in the notorious S-21 prison in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Pol Pot’s regime slaughtered hundreds of thousands of people during its rampage a cross the length and breadth of the country.

“If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around this big old camera and a multitude of damned lenses…..”

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  • Judith Oppenheimer
    Judith Oppenhe...over 5 years ago

    some images should be seen.

  • That’s true, Judith. And especially so in Cambodia. You know, at the Killing Fields one can wander aroiund, and scuff the dirt with one’s sho, and expose human clothjing and bare bone….there are bodies everywhere. The Cambodians maintain the Fields as a reminder of the grim and dark days of Pol Pot, when all the cities were emptied of people in barely 24 hours and they were sent to work in the country. They were not permitted to return for many years, and the cities became ghost towns.

    – John Mitchell

  • ratscat
    ratscatover 5 years ago

    I agree – this needs to be remembered.

    great shot by the way

  • Thanks!

    – John Mitchell

  • randomness
    randomnessover 5 years ago

    when i went to the killing fields it had not long stopped raining, and there was bits of clothing and bones all over the walkways, its so sad what those people suffered, and also, now, the result of what Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge did is still felt all over the country, i plan to go back, and try to help the people still being affected by poverty, its something everyone should know about.
    Great image, great reminder

  • Thanks Kate. Yes, it is a grim – but important – reminder as to what Pol Pot and his savage hordes inflicted on the Cambodian people.

    – John Mitchell

  • Aussie
    Aussieover 5 years ago

    For most of us Death remains at the back of our minds but sometimes we all need to remember that for some it comes before their time. Great shot John, it certainly reminds us of the horror that took place there.

  • Thanks, Tom. Thse sjulls were dramatic enough. But they paled when compared to an enormous glass stupa in the killing fields. This holds hundreds of skulls (arguably around 1,000 or more), plus the rags that the victims were wearing at the time of their death.

    – John Mitchell

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