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‘My father was dragged out and carried away in a truck. I have never heard of him again.’ – The Horrors of Khmer Rouge

Skulls inside the Choeung Ek Memorial

Skulls inside the Choeung Ek Memorial

‘ “Your father has a big belly! He must have stolen people’s food and so he was a capitalist!”, said a man who intruded my home without cause. My father was dragged out and carried away in a truck. I have never heard of him again.’, said in one testimony of a victim of the massacres under the Khmer Rouge. His tragedy was shared by million others during the short rule of the Khmer Rouge period, and we must not fall into fallacy expressed by Stalin: ‘A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic‘. Each death is a tragedy and a million deaths – a million tragedies, ¬†and a million testaments to the horrible crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge.

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