The Cambodian Genocide

By Gavyn Coppus

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Cambodians being forced to work in isolated and shocking conditions

The educated, cultured, foreigners and anyone who was suspected of having anti Khmer Rouge ideals were subject to merciless cruelty at the hands of their soldiers. Merely wearing glasses was considered a sign of intellect and could result in being arrested. It is estimated that by the time Vietnamese forces entered the country in 1979 close to two million people had died from a combination of executions and forced famine and disease at the hands of the Khmer Rouge regime.
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Khmer Rouge troops enter Phnom Phen in 1975

City dwellers were forcefully relocated to isolated farming areas and put to backbreaking work as part of the Khmer Rouge’s vision of an agrarian society. Women, children, the elderly and the ill were not exempt from the work. Thousands of people died during the long, brutal march to the farming sites and even more died of exhaustion and illness during the years of famine and brutal slave labour that followed.
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‘AWFUL SLAUGHTER” headline on the genocide committed by U.S. forces in the Philippines. Peace Treaty Signed with Spain.

A brief overview of Presidential Doctrines, the U.S. Military Budget, and Military Bases around the world that gives the U.S. the arrogance and self righteousness to intervene around the world. It shows dates when the Cambodians were attacked. It show how many people died in the attacks. This also showed other secret things they thought happened during this time that the Cambodians did.
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Cambodian Genocide Memorials

Immediately you enter the killing fields of Choeung Ek, you're confronted with the impressively-high white marble memorial chedi that dominates the whole area. It has a characteristically yellow-tiled roof with distinctive Khmer gables and was erected in 1988 to house the remains of 8,985 victims that were unearthed in 89 separate graves discovered at the site. These were disinterred in late 1980 and pictures of the exhumed skulls laid out in neat rows on the ground were some of the most graphic images I recall from tv documentaries of the time. The pits had been opened and the bones and skulls removed to estimate the number of dead. Some of the remains were found still bound and blindfolded. Some were killed and buried at the prison itself, but most victims were shipped the fifteen kilometres out of the capital at night by truck, many still blindfolded, some were even made to dig their own graves before they were bludgeoned to death by pick-axe, hoe, iron bar, wooden club or whatever else served as a weapon of death.
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Wat Champuk Ka'Ek, Kien Svay

In March 1998, I went into the countryside south of Phnom Penh to seek out a killing fields memorial and eventually found the site, in the grounds of Wat Champuk Ka'Ek. It was the site of a newly-built pagoda and a concrete stupa had just replaced the former wooden construction back then (see b&w example). On a return visit in January 2005, it looked like a lot of money had been poured into this pagoda and that was clearly evident by a proliferation of family stupas, a large reclining Buddha, a school and a religious meditation centre that had sprung up surrounding the large central vihara. The stupa containing the remains of the Khmer Rouge victims found nearby had been moved a few hundred metres to a new location. Research by the DC-Cam in Phnom Penh has revealed that a Khmer Rouge prison on the site was responsible for over 18,000 deaths, where the bodies were placed in numerous mass grave pits around the temple grounds.

There Are Survivors Left and Where They Live

I did not find anything about the survivors but i do believe that there are many survivors because this took place in 1975-1979 so that was only 40 years ago. If there are survivors they would be in the radius area between Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. There is a great possibility there are still many survivors from this genocide. I believe the only victim survivors are the ones that escaped.

U.S Response on the Cambodian Genocide

As the genocide occurred in Cambodia, the United States response remained limited. While the lack of military response could be justified by the aftermath of United States involvement in Vietnam and the ensuing climate of "Southeast Asia fatigue," Power finds striking the lack of even a 'soft response' to the genocide. "Neither President Ford nor President Carter, who took office in January in 1977, was going to consider sending U.S. troops back to Southeast Asia. But it is still striking that so many Americans concluded that nothing at all could be done. Even the 'soft' response options that were available to the United States were passed up

Eyewitness Statement: Dora Niederman

"I was only twelve years old, not quite twelve years old. And I was there with my aunt, my daddy's sister and I wanted to go with them. And a German soldier came over there and yanked me: You have to go to work. No, I don't. She said, No, you go to work. Maybe you can help us. The aunt and the children. You go to work. So I went to the other side. I didn't know anything about gassing or killed or anything. We didn't know nothing. And they took them to one side, we to other."

Cause and Consquences

The Khmer Rouge was a brutal, murderous revolutionary group intent on revolutionizing Cambodian society. They recruited many people over time, fast. The Khmer Rouge was given sufficient assistance by the north Vietnamese to assist them in launching a major offense against the FANK.The Khmer Rouge restricted access to many freedoms, including religious observances, education, and medical care. Thousands were tortured and many were executed as part of the Cambodian genocide that was operated by the Khmer Rouge. 1.7 deaths are accounted for in the Cambodian genocide, making it one of the worst genocides in history. After it ended, many survivors encountered mental problems for their traumatic experiences.1/8 of the population died from the Khmer Rouge, about half the deaths were from execution, some starvation, and disease occurred as a side effect of the Khmer Rouge. After the genocide, a lot of the parents, without kids (dying in the genocide), didn't know what to do because they didn't have anywhere to live and no money to support themselves.