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2. While being lashed or electrocuted, you must not cry at all.
3. Disobey any rule and you will get 5 lashes with an electric wire.
Much like Nazi concentration camps, Khmer Rouge documented ever prisoner and atrocity. Upon arrival, each prisonerís picture was taken and a detailed biography was documented. Prisoners were then confined to cells approximately size of a closet by chaining them to iron posts. Daily torture was undertaken through beatings, electric shock and other atrocities. At end of their imprisonment, prisoners were marched about two miles to killing fields. To save bullets, they were beaten to death.
The atrocious numbers for Tuol Sleng:
From 10,500 to 14,500 adult prisoners.
Another 2,000 children prisoners.
7 survived. Yes, just 7.
Only 2 Khmer have ever been prosecuted for atrocity.
Today, Tuol Sleng is a genocide museum. The walls are full of pictures of prisoners. Men and women. Boys and girls as young as 5-years old. There are still bloodstains on floors of interrogation rooms.
Why visit or write an article about Tuol Sleng? Traveling is about discovery, even if subject is something horrible. Failing to recognize dark side of humanity dooms us to repeat those failings. The Nazi concentration camps existed in 40s, Tuol Sleng in 70s, and today similar atrocities are occurring in North Vietnam and Darfur. Will we ever learn?
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