‘The Hill of the Poisonous Trees’ ~ part I

S21 Tuol Sleng Museum ~ Torture Camp ~ Phnom Penh

Khmer Rouge soldiers were often little more than babes in arms themselves. Young men, spirits broken to cruelty, inflicting torture and death upon their neighbours. Nhem Yean was a proud seventeen year old in 1973 when against his fathers wishes he joined the Khmer Rouge so he would get better work and food. ‘My father had been a very strong man, but on the day I departed he cried’.

Nhem is seventeen in the first photograph and forty-six in the second.

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