Cambodia: a history of more than 4 years

On January 25, our group went to see both the mass graves at Choeung Ek and the detainment camp called Tuol Sleng (S-21). Both these sites were major landmarks in the horrors that occurred during the Khmer Rouge. Although this was a few days ago now, the images I saw there and the conversations I had are still fresh in my mind. I can truly say that I have never seen more gruesome and sickening images than I saw at those two locations. Continue reading "Cambodia: a history of more than 4 years"

Blogpost 7

A few days ago I saw the bones of lives taken too soon. I saw the agricultural tools used as death weapons because the victims weren't worth a bullet. I saw blood splattered walls, floors and ceilings within what should be considered a safe place: a school. I saw a tree that was used as a place to smash heads of babies before tossing them into a pit. I saw the result of an intricate plan for human eradication of Cambodians, by Cambodians. Continue reading "Blogpost 7"

Blog Post 7

Q: after witnessing the atrocities committed in Cambodia's past how do you believe it has affected the current generation and their future? Smiles and atrocities are typically two words you never usually hear in a sentence together let alone be expected to find in a community together. Cambodia is unique in how it does not follow this conventional logic. Since the very first day in Cambodia I have seen more wam, welcoming smiles than I have anywhere else in my life. Continue reading "Blog Post 7"

Contextualizing development approaches

1/21 Mondolkiri (*see revision)
No matter how aware we are or how hard we try to keep an open mind, it is increasingly easy to get set in our own ways. I find myself falling into patterns of thought or habit. I am troubled by this and often attempt to reevaluate my daily life, my values, and my instant, unfiltered perspectives.
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