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... to remember how lucky we have it, as there are a lot of beggers and amputees hanging around here trying to get money from the tourists. From Wat Phnom it was off to the Ratana Plaza where I met up with Thida for lunch. Thida and I met in 2007 and have been close ever since. Her new job is close to the Ratana Plaza, so I met her there for lunch and to catch up. We ate at good 'ol KFC! After an hour with Thida, she had to go back to work, then I met up with another friend ...
... and torture centre). An estimated 20,000 people were held and tortured here. It is made up of 3 buildings, and you walk through the buildings, see the small cells where prisoners were kept, and see the floors stained with blood that will never come out, and imagine the horrors that happened here. The Khmer Rouge took photos of the people they imprisoned and tortured here (many were young teenagers). The photos are displayed at the Museum and they are absolutely ...
... Cambodia were abandoned, with the country's entire population sent out to work on collective farms in the country, putting everyone on an even footing. Alongside this, all hospitals, schools and pagodas (temples) were closed and money was discontinued. The regime then began its campaign of tyranny and merciless cruelty as they systematically sought to eliminate any person who they considered a threat to their twisted ideology (anyone who could think for ...
... they are angry that very few Khmer Rouge leaders have been brought to trial for their crimes ( the trial only began in 2007, 2 have been convicted and many have passed away of old age) and they are angry at their neighbouring countries because wars over the last 200 years has reduced the size of their country.
We arrived in Phnom Penh after a lengthy five hour boat trip up the Mekong River that required us to leave the boat for about a half hour at the Vietnam border, ...