The Khmer Rouge began to overtake Cambodia during a five-year civil war. During their overtaking, they took several rash actions. Such as forcibly emptying Cambodia’s towns and cities, abolishing money, schools, private property, markets, law courts, and forbade religious practices. The people removed from towns and cities were set to work growing food in the countryside.
It was later revealed that these harsh decisions were made by the Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK). The CPK acted on behalf of the plan to start a radical revolution. The Khmer Rouge regime of the Democratic Kampuchea (DK) was taken from power in a Vietnamese invasion in 1979. At this point, 1.5 million Cambodians were dead from overwork, malnutrition, and disease. 200,000 people had been executed without trial.
They too have a museum that is dedicated to the suffering the people endured in the 1970’s, similar to our very own Holocaust museum. The building itself was very significant, as the museum was made in an old high school where the Khmer Rouge had turned it into the international security headquarters. In its previous life, it was an interrogation center where “enemies” were questioned.
When the headquarters was found, there were remnants of recently murdered prisoners, instruments used for torture, and an entirely abandoned building. There was evidence pointing to the cruelty in all aspects. Once inside the building, there were several interesting parts. Most interesting to read about, were the confessions that could be a paragraph to several pages long.
These copies interested many people, as it showed the harm brought to the Cambodian people. Although attempts had been previously made, it was difficult to string together the multitude of confessions found in the museum. Thankfully, this information has now been microfilmed and preserved for many to be able to witness the atrocities of Cambodia.