Last day of civilisation!
Trip Start Jul 14, 2012
11Trip End Sep 14, 2012
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I have been designated a school and given a curriculum. The school is a thirty-fourty minute bike ride away and we start teaching at 7am so I am intrigued to see how I manage that. Bonnie and I will be teaching ages 10-16, who all have different abilities, we have been planning lots of cool things for them to help them learning and we can't wait to start. The Village we are going to is an 8 hour bus journey from Phnom Penh, and we have to travel by dirt tracks and such like to get there. We have one hour of electricity per day and have to shower using rain water! Think I may collapse due to culture shock when I get there.
Today some of our wave went to what is known as 'The Killing Fields' for abit of a Cambodian history lesson, most interesting thing I've done in a while. We started off the day at what was originally a school, called Tuol Sleng built in the 60's, which was turned into a prison known as S-21 by a political group called the Khmer Rouge in the 1970's. The Khmer Rouge had a leader called Pol Pot and he was awful. The prison was used to torture innocent, educated people and their families, as the Khmer Rouge feared an uprising, they wanted to get rid of intelligent people who they believed were a threat to their regime. Families who lived in cities were forced into the countryside to work as slaves in the rice paddy fields. The prison is now a genocide museum and they gave the original torture weapons and rooms full of victims skulls etc. We had a tour guide who himself had to leave his home for the countryside when he was very young. He told us how his mother had to run for miles to get to and from the paddy fields in order to feed him and how he nearly died of starvation many times.
The killing fields themselves were the most depressing things I've seen in my life; as it's monsoon season the mass graves into which educated families were put, often whilst still alive, were flooded so human bones, teeth and skulls were uncovered as the mud all moved away. I stood on a stray tooth at one point, the whole experience was very hard hitting.
This will be my last travel blog entry for a while due to lack of electricity in the village, can't wait to get there =D