Jenny in Southeast Asia travel blog

So I have been sick for the past three days and I'm feeling better now. Thank God! I ate something that didn't agree with my stomach. I had not been that sick for a really long time but Andrew took really good care of me and got me all the meds I needed to get well. His Grandfather is doing better by the way and he will not be leaving to go back home any time soon. So thats good news.

So a lot has happend but I will start with the most memorable part of Phnom Penh which is not on the best of notes. About a week ago we met up with our friends Alex and Rob who we had not seen for over a month. We split up with them after the wedding in Chiang Mai not knowing we would ever see them again. We had been staying in touch over facebook and found out that they would be in Phnom Penh at the same time as us so we were all really excited about reuniting. We met up one evening for a night out of catching up and drinking; it was really nice. We all had a great time playing pool and talking about all of our travels.

The next day we all decided to do go to the genocide museum at Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields. I was expecting it to be a hard day but that is to say the least. The history of Cambodia was really ugly when it was under the rule of Khmer Rouge in 1975 for about for years. So to give you a little history the Musium was a High School at one point and turned into Prison called S21. I would hardly call it a prison walking around it; more like a mass torture chamber. Over a hundred victoms a day were tortured to death in ways that are unimaginable. This went on for four years. When people arived at the prison they all had there picuters taken(these photos were all over the museum) and background information documeted. They were then placed in small cells and tortured to death. Most of the women were raped. There were rules writen on the walls saying things like: when you are being tortured you can not cry, you can not scream, you can not talk to anyone at any time during your stay, and you must do everything you are told. There were signs that said no smiling. Walking around this place you could feel the pain that people went through and how they suffered.

In many of the rooms there were metal beds with torture tools laying on them. In other rooms were mass amounts of the victums skulls and clothing on display.

We also watched a documentary on the museum that lasted for about an hour and gave us a good background on the prisons history. All and all the day was mentally draining and we still had to visit the Killing Feilds next.

Walking around 129 mass graves where people were beheaded by the hundreds. In the center of the feilds is a tall glass enclosed building that had over 8,000 skulls inside. We got a tour guide who walked us around and explained all of the ways people were tortured. About 4 million people were killed in Cambodia during this time.

I will put up all these photos on facebook along with some happy ones as well.

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