Through Harold’s Lens:


Please start the music first, as you are enjoying the images and words.
You will receive the full sensual experience of this story.

Pol Pot Regime
Khmer Rouge
Killing fields
3,000,000 people slaughtered!

Confiscated: private property
Burned: homes to the ground
Banned: family relationships
Separated: children from parents
Relocated: different parts of Cambodia
Relocated: collective farms, forced labor
Banned: personal utensils
Eliminated: privacy, sexual relations
Death: family members communicating
Banned: religion, Buddhist temples destroyed
Murdered: 60,000 monks
Abolished: freedom to travel
Abolished: postal service, telephone service
Closed: hospitals, factories
Closed: schools, books burned
Closed: banks, money burned
Destroyed: bank records, claims to funds
Isolated: Cambodia from foreign countries.

Grandmother, Grandfather
Mother, Father
Daughter, Son

Long marches: days through countryside
Died: children, elderly, sick
Work: 12 hours non-stop, no rest, no food,
no medicine, no medical services
Death: disease, illness
Death: exhaustion, overwork
Death: starvation
Murdered: offenders
Murdered: intellectuals, city-dwellers
Murdered: teachers, minorities
Murdered: merchants, suspected traitors
Murdered: practicing religion
Raped: females
Torture: children taught methods with animals
Torture: children carried out torture, executions.

Mass graves: 20,000, 1,386,734 victims
Torture centre: 16,000 sent to death
Secret prison: S-21.14,000 prisoners, 12 survived
Small cells: shackled to walls & concrete floor
Large cells: collectively shackled to long iron bars
Food: human feces
Water: human urine
Torture: sliced with knives
Torture: electric shocks, searing hot metal
Torture: suffocation in plastic bags
Torture: fingernails pulled out, alcohol poured on wounds
Torture: alive, bled to death
Torture: alive, sliced open, organs removed, no anesthetic
Torture: alive, skinned
Torture: heads held under water
Execution: pickaxes, spades, sharpened bamboo sticks, machetes
Execution: heads of children, infants bashed against trees.

30 years later
Widows: tens of thousands
Orphans: tens of thousands
Living: severe traumatization

Pol Pot Regime
Khmer Rouge
Killing fields
3,000,000 people slaughtered!

May our world never forget this horrific event.

Documentation Center of Cambodia

22 responses

  1. I played the music video attached while reading, it made me get the real meaning of your words, I could imagine all that happened there in Cambodia.. what can we say, do or protest against? politics, religion, oppression… why? why is all that happening to thousands but millions of innocent families around the world….???!!

    maybe you should visit Palestine soon and write some poems, it’s worth it.


  2. You have summarised a truly horrendous period in Cambodia’s history in a brief but graphic set of words which leave the reader under no illusion as to what the people went through and are still trying to come to terms with. We visited Cambodia five years ago and it was very evident in the people and their search to make some kind of reason out of it.


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