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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh is located in a former high school, turned by the Pol Pot's Khmer rouge into a prison and interrogation centre called S-21. It is estimeted that in the years of 1975 to 1979 up to 20000 people were imprisoned and tortured there. Whoever was brought here, was repeatedly tortured, forced to name faimly memebers and close associates (who were arrested next) and finally executed. It began with the officials of the pre-Pol Pot's government but later on almost anybody could be a potential prisoner. It was sufficent to wear long hair or glasses to be considered an enemy of the Khmer rouge and consequently to be delivered to S-21, tortured and killed.

And S-21, like the number suggests, was just one of many. It is estimated that the Khmer rouge needed 4 years to exterminate (by killing or forcing people into starvation) almost 2 millions od Cambodian citizens, reducing the country's population by 25%.

Visiting this site is a shocking experience, but is also necessary to have the full view of Cambodia's history. To remember is the best we can do to prevent such things from happening in the future.

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