Cambodia, 1975-1979
Nuns at a Monastery

Nuns at a Monastery

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 2009. Unable to work and left destitute by family members, these women, including Phok Pho, center, became nuns in order to live and accept food at this monastery compound on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.
Room of Torture

Room of Torture

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 1975-1979. Up until this point, most...
Please

Please

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 16, 2009. A small prayer, “Please,” is written on this tree branch at a Buddhist shrine.
Mad Chin

Mad Chin

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 2009. Mad Chin, who was recruited by the Khmer Rouge in 1974 when she was 17 years-old, was then imprisoned in Tuol Slang prison in 1977 because they found out her father was a military official. She was tortured and photographed along with other prisoners, which usually meant they would be killed soon thereafter, but she somehow survived....
Widow Who Tends a Buddha Shrine

Widow Who Tends a Buddha Shrine

Siem Reap, Cambodia, February 23, 2009. To support herself and her children, Nung, who is a 46 year-old widow, tends to the Buddha shrine in the background.
Sobon Ratha

Sobon Ratha

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 2009. Dy Ratha was considered privileged before the Pol Pot regime came to power. Soon after the occupation of Phnom Penh, her husband was decapitated and her mother died from an untreated illness, and her father was killed. She fled into the provinces and eked out a living to support her five...
Nuk Nimny

Nuk Nimny

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 2009. Nuk Nimny was born in 1972, in Cambodia’s Banteay Meanchey province, where her father and two sisters were killed during the revolution of the Khmer Rouge. An estimated 1.5 million people were executed or died of disease or starvation due to the brutal policies of Pol Pot, who headed the...