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... end was dropped into audio never-going-to-hear-it-land. I was able at times to get the gist of what she was saying, but after a while most of the audio was just gone. I could see her lips moving but couldn't hear a thing. So we finally said our good-byes. Despite the audio trouble, I was very glad to talk to her. Almost immediately after hanging up, Ruby texted me back so then we chatted on FT with no audio difficulty. We had a nice long chat but it ...
... Mey) at the exit of the museum which was humbling to say the least. The visit to Tuol Sleng was a profoundly depressing experiance although nothing compared to what the Cambodian people actually faced. The sheer ordinariness of the place makes it even more horrific; suburban setting, plain school building, a grasy area where children kicked around balls now holds torture instruments and rusty metal beds and wall after wall after wall of disturbing photos. This happened only ...
... we were given an audio tour which was very detailed and had eye-witness accounts on it which had me in tears. As you walk around you the graves there are bone fragments under your feet. Apparently every time it rains new bones and clothing fragments rise to the surface which give the researches new information. This also reminded us of the sheer amount of people murdered here.
The worst part for me was the Killing Tree. This is where soldiers ...
... themselves - anyone else in the Khmer Rouge ranks who might waiver in their duty, who might be sympathetic to the Vietnamese who trained them... whoever, wherever, whatever.
Cambodians were told to report 'bad' behaviour to the authorities (I.e. spy on family, friends). And not reporting it was bad behaviour in itself. So, any questioning of this insanity was a death sentence. The Khmer Rouge recruited, brainwashed and trained youth - boys and girls between the ages of 13 and ...
... out that young Bunong
kids are less than eager to live in grass huts and do subsistence agriculture
for the rest of their lives. Even their parents use cell phones, and most young
Bunong people speak better Khmer than Bunong, prefer T shirts and backpacks
rather than carrying things in traditional woven baskets, and want a moto like
tourists as part of an economic development strategy has also brought along