It was a very sad day the day we went to the Genocide Museum in Pnom Penh. 👇🏼
In 1975, the Khmer Rouge - a communist group led by Pol Pot, seized control of Cambodia. They believed anyone who was educated such as Doctors, Lawyers and Teachers were a threat, even those who simply wore glasses and so they were captured and imprisioned here... 👇🏼
The once joyful school turned into a horrible prison where prisoners were tortured into confessing for crimes they didn't commit. 👇🏼
The museum is hard to walk through as you listen to your audio guide, see the prison cells, the graphic photos of torture and the faces of so many prisoners. Out of the 10-12,000 that were kept here there are only 12 known survivors.
We were shocked to learn that even a New Zealander was one such prisoner. He was sailing around the world and happened to turn up to the wrong dock at the wrong time. How crazy to think this could have been us only 40 years ago...