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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

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A school, a prison, the end of the road; Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum was one of hundreds of detention and interrogation centres created all over Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge—who gave the former high school the sinisterly innocuous name S-21—where countless thousands of Cambodians were ruthlessly processed until they were dead.

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Visiting today, the setting itself seems no less innocuous: a series of long, three-storey buildings set around green, carefully tended gardens. Under the bright sunlight, it looks like an ideal school and less so like a perfect torture centre, but that is what it was. Of the 14,000 people known to have come in here, only seven were found alive at the end—although some would have been released during S-21’s four long years of ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 900 words.)


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