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Choeung Ek was an extermination camp during the era of the Khmer Rouge (1975-79) where 17,000 men, women and children were executed after being brutally tortured. Even nine Europeans and an Australian ended up as victims here.

A little over half of these were exhumed from the mass graves surrounding the area in 1980 and their skulls have been arranged in a large glass panelled stupa as a memorial to the horrors of that time. Now all that's left is the dignified memorial, some marked exhumed graves and pockmarked rolling green fields where the ground has revealed its grisly secrets.

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Additional Photos by Mike Foster (teacozie) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 28 N: 136] (1377)
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