Dark Moment In History Essay

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A Dark Moment in History 1,386,734. When people hear a number like this, they think that it means population or money. But this is actually the amount of bodies found that were executed under the Khmer Rouge. In total, there were 1.7- 2.5 million people who died while Cambodia was under rule by the Khmer Rouge. The importance of the Cambodian genocide is seen through the history behind the Khmer Rouge, the activities of the S21 prison and the victims of the S21 prison. From 1975 to 1979, a Marxist dictator named Pol Pot took over the Cambodian government. His communist group, the Khmer Rouge became in charge of the country and renamed it Democratic Kampuchea. Pol pot was trying to build an agrarian utopia where there was no capitalism.. He wanted to purify society.…show more content…
THough his reign was over, the lasting impacts would be seen to this day. In the process of purifying society, he committed genocide by killing millions of innocent people. There are over 20,000 grave sites in Cambodia. There are killing fields were soldiers would take civilians out to kill them. There were a total of 150 execution centers. One of the execution centers was called the S21 Prison which is now the Tuol Sleng Museum of genocide in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. The S21 Prison was a the main political prison where “suspected” enemies were sent. Fascinatingly, it was actually a high school originally turned into a prison. The classrooms were converted into cells. In these cells 40-100 people were kept. In the smalThere were a total of four main building each with a couple floors. In the smaller cells, prisoners were shackled to the wall or floor. In the bigger cells, people were shackled to an iron bar in the middle of the floor. Prisoners were usually kept only 2-3 months.The prison had many strict rules. Prisoners could not do anything without the approval of the guard.They were forbidden to talk and got very little food or sleep. THe day began at 4:30 AM every
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