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Phnom Penh

Learning about Cambodia's horrific past

We have been learning a lot about Pol Pot and the Khymer Rouge since we arrived in Cambodia. We bought two biographies while in Siem Reap, visited the genocide museum (which was actually an old school transferred into a prison/torture unit from that time), visited the killing fields where thousands of innocent people were murdered and we have also met and talked with people who have their own stories during the Khymer rouge. We went on a tour with two men in Battambang. One man (who is the sole survivor from his family) showed us where his sister - who was pregnant - at the time was pushed from a cave opening to her death (along with many others). He told us many other horrific stories and Chris and I were left speechless. What can you say? It's very depressing to write about but as Chris said as he took photos of the thousands of sculls dug from the killing fields and placed in a memorial Chedi people need to know about this.

On a lighter note, in Phnom Penh we also enjoyed the markets, cyclo rides, eating at riverside cafes and applying for jobs (yes it has begun!)

We also took the plunge and booked our tickets to Dubai! (Breathe Wendy breathe...) We arrive on the 25 Aug :)

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There you go - you might also get a glimpse of my ring in the picture too!

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Posted by nzwendy 05:51

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I will be interested to read the books. People are so cruel to each other - religion and greed. Just found your degrees so will copy and certify this avo, love E.

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