Thursday, June 2, 2011

choeung ek killing fields near phnom penh

this stupa contains
the skulls and bones of thousands
of Cambodians.
in a former longan field
the khmer rouge killed
people they feared were
a threat to their power-
teachers, doctors, monks,
farmers who resisted
and their entire families,
tortured and bludgeoned to death.
khmer rouge leaders
were just like the people they killed-
teachers and monks...
3 million dead
20% of the
Cambodian population
genocide shows how
power and fear turns brothers
and sisters like me
against each other
while other nations armed and
fueled the destruction.

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