Cambodia, 1975-1979
Step to Nowhere

Step to Nowhere

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 17, 2009. This step to nowhere remains on the site where thousands of Cambodians were brutally murdered. It is one of thousands of “Killing Fields.” Thirty years after the end of the brutal Cambodian revolution of the Khmer Rouge, it is now a somber memorial.
Sweeping Flowers at Tuol Sleng

Sweeping Flowers at Tuol Sleng

Phnom Penh, February 18, 2009. Thirty years after the end of the brutal Cambodian revolution of the Khmer Rouge, the first international genocide tribunal was convened in Phnom Penh on February 17, 2009, to try Duch, the head of Tuol Sleng Prison where over 18,000 Cambodians died from 1975 – 79. Up until this point,...
Running Girl Near the Killing Fields

Running Girl Near the Killing Fields

Near Phnom Penh, February 17, 2009. Thirty years after the end of the brutal Cambodian revolution of the Khmer Rouge, the first international genocide tribunal was convened in Phnom Penh on February 17, 2009 to try Duch, the head of Tuol Sleng Prison where over 18,000 Cambodians died from 1975-79. Up until this point, most...
Headless Buddha

Headless Buddha

Angkor Wat, Cambodia, February 2009. During the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror from 1975-1979, many of the members lived in the ancient Khmer temples in Angkor, defacing Buddhas and wall carvings with red paint, and decapitating statue heads and chopping off hands to sell off for profit.
Facing the Past

Facing the Past

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 18, 2009. Thirty years after the end of the brutal Cambodian revolution of the Khmer Rouge, the first international genocide tribunal was convened in Phnom Penh on February 17, 2009, to try Duch, the head of Tuol Sleng Prison where over 18,000 Cambodians died from 1975 – 79. Up until this...
Sok Chea

Sok Chea

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 2009. Sok Chea, who was born in 1970, remembers the day the Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh, as it was the last day that she saw her father alive. Her mother fled with her children and lived in Khmer Rouge work camps. The women and children in the camps were segregated by age. Sok...
Pagoda with Genocide Victims’ Bones

Pagoda with Genocide Victims’ Bones

Siem Reap, Cambodia, February 22, 2009. Throughout Cambodia, there are pagodas filled with skulls and bones of some of the 1.7 million victims of Pol Pot’s genocidal regime. Many people were tortured and killed; others died of illnesses, malnutrition and suicide.
Young Woman with Dead Eyes

Young Woman with Dead Eyes

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 2009. At Tuol Sleng prison in Phnom Penh, which is now a genocide museum, this young woman was charging and collecting entry tickets. Known during the Khmer Rouge regime as S-21, it originally was a school that was then appropriated as a holding venue for prisoners who were tortured, photographed and mainly sent to...
Small Shrine on a Bank of the Mekong River

Small Shrine on a Bank of the Mekong River

Near Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 2009. As Buddhism is still actively practiced through Cambodia, shrines both modest and grand are found everywhere with offerings for prayers of hope, peace, forgiveness and long life.
Land Mine Victims’ Band

Land Mine Victims’ Band

Siem Reap, Cambodia, February 2009. This land mine victim’s band plays at one of the temples of Angkor Wat.
Theary Seng

Theary Seng

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 2009. When the Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom Penh on April 27, 1975, it sparked a three-day exodus of the entire population of 2 million people into the countryside. Theary’s father was a military commander and was executed soon thereafter. Her mother fled with the children and was killed in 1978, when Theary was seven...
Killing Fields

Killing Fields

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 17, 2009. Known as “The Killing Fields” these earthen indentations are the sites of mass graves where thousands of Cambodians were buried after being brutally murdered. It is one of thousands of “Killing Fields.” Thirty years after the end of the brutal Cambodian revolution of the Khmer Rouge, it is now...