One of the hardest days in Cambodia for me was experiencing the Cambodian holocaust by walking through one of the killing fields and Tuol Sleng Prison Museum. The events that happened at these places and many like them in Cambodia helped frame some of the development that we saw. Continue reading "Up from the Ashes"
Going to the killing fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum was a very emotional experience. Continue reading "Reflection"
This day was a day I was dreading. The day I visited the killing fields. Continue reading "Tuol Sleng Prison and Cheoung ek"
Q: after seeing the killing fields and prison how do you process the pain of the past while remaining hopeful. January 23, 2016 was a very somber day for 26 Calvin students. For many of us this was the first day we were forced to not only witness but come to terms with the evil that has plagued Cambodia's past. It's difficult to find words that can truly explain what it feels like to stand on the grave of 20,000 people. Continue reading "Blog Post 6"
Genocide. There is no easy way to wrap ones head around the concept. Continue reading "From Toulsleng to Choeung Ek"
Today we had the chance to visit the Tuol Slang Genocide Museum as well as the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center. Before April 17, 1975 this museum was one of the secondary schools in the capital, called "Tuol Svay Prey" high school. It was on that day that Pol Pat clique had transformed it into a prison called "S.21" (Security Office 21) which was thee biggest in Kampuchea Democratic. It was here that several thousands of victims(peasants, workers, technicians, engineers, doctors, teachers, etc) were imprisoned, tortured, and exterminated with their wives and children. If someone was accused of a crime they would be sent to S.21, tortured until you confessed of your "crime", and then sent to one of the killing fields. Continue reading "Blog Post 6"
We have been all across Cambodia and I am just now beginning to understand the edges of how this beautiful country came to be the Cambodia I see today. Continue reading "The Killing Fields and Hope"
Today we visited the killing fields and the Tuel Sieng Genocide Mueseum. We saw where some of these mass graves were, and we saw so many skull piled up high on shelves. We learned of the brutal ways men, women, children were murdered. Continue reading "The Killing Fields"
Today the Calvin group went two different sites that dealt with the Cambodia genocide. Choeung Ek and 21-S is where we went. 21-S a prison and tortured area Choeung Ek is where the actual killing was done. Continue reading "The Killing Field"