6. Whilst getting lashes or electrification you must not cry at all
Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on May 14, 2011
On entering Tuol Sleng Genocide museum or as it was previously known, Security Prison 21 or S21, you’re greeted by a white board containing the rules of the prison, these were the rules that were in operation during 1975 – 79, with number 6 being the title of this blog post.
Formerly a school, it was converted into an interrogation and torture centre four months after the Khmer Rouge came to power in ’75. Up to 20,000 were interned there – from all walks of life and were systematically tortured into making confessions, naming friends and family before being taken away and killed or indeed being tortured to death.
Having arrived in Cambodia last night, it was a sobering experience to go and see the prison first this morning. It was all a little surreal as whilst stood in the former classrooms/cells/torture rooms you could hear children playing in the streets around the complex and birds singing.
Only 7 people survived S21.