This morning I went to a temple called wat themy. Its is a small memorial place for the people who were killed in the pol pot khmer rouge regime.
Here are the skulls and bones of the people who had died. Some of the skulls still had teeth. Some were half a skull or less. It is a very strange feeling standing there looking at what used to be people who died so tragically.
These are some pictures of what life was like in that period. The photos were really old and faded. They are mostly pictures of people working or eating together as they had to.
The pictures on the left are of the dead. They are a bit hard to see. Pictures of all the victims were taken. You can see they were just skin and bone.
These are pictures of the field workers. Most of them waiting to die. If the people did anything wrong, them and their families would be killed. Even if they said the word angkor wrong that was the end of their lives.
People returning back to their homes after the fall of the khmer rouge. They have no idea what they are going back to, what happened to their families or what they are going to do next. They have nothing. Completely walking back to the unknown.
This is the prison surrounded by barbed wire. After the end of the khmer rouge this was turned into what is now called the genocide museum we know as the killing fields. Even being here gives and effect on you. I dont even know if i could go to the actual killing fields in phonm phen which is now as museum Its so graphic there and ive heard of people having nightmares after what they have seen there. My guide said that some young people in Cambodia are in denial that it even happened.
After a quiet journey in the car lost in thoughts, I visited an orphanage. The owner of the orphanage was badly affected by the regime. His whole family were killed when he was a little boy and he had to fend for himself most of the time. The website for this orphanage is sokschoolvilla.com and you can read his story. You can also donate as they rely on funds from donors and visitors.
There are kids here ranging from kindergarten to high school. He has really done wonders for the children here.
They loved the selfie stick. I played volleyball for about an two hours as they all wanted to play. Was good to just be there and play with them for a couple of hours.
This one wouldn’t let me rest for 5 minutes ha. Theyre all really happy there and are doing well. Its really nice to see.