on February 18, 2009
Genocide is one of the most horrible things a group of people can do to each other. The Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng speak again to this nightmare. I had the opportunity to visit Dachau in Austria, the WWII concentration camp, and Choeng Ek was far worse, believe it or not.When my group went, it had rained the night before, and there were fresh bones and clothing that was coming up out of the ground. They have large plastic containers around the area so if you find a bone, you can place it in the collection bins. I remember looking down at the ground and seeing a jawbone, and upon closer inspection, the pebbles there turned out to be teeth. It was something that haunts me even today, and will for the rest of my life. I have never seen a tower of skulls, but it's exactly what you would think you would feel when confronted with this reality; Shock, awe, fear, guilt, anger, grief, resentment towards the criminals who committed these crimes against real people. All of them were crying out from the ground to make sure this never is allowed to happen again, but it still does. What will it take?
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