Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Phnom Penh

Today we are In the big busy city of Phnom Penh. This mornings visit was a sad one as we went to the Killing Fields and the genocide Museum
this lovely shrine was in the grounds

this is a Buddhist shrine to the people who were killed here

one of the burial places, there are still bones coming to the surface from time to time

very old Chinese graves

back to the Shrine, it has many skulls in it. I stopped taking photos after these few, it was just a sad place and taking photos seemed disrespectful

Views from the bus window as we were driving to the genocide Museum

meat delivery

Rambutans on the move.

I didn't take any photos in the museum apart from this one with this gentleman

he was captured by the Pol Pot regime and his wife and 6 children killed, he was being tortured when a man came into the room and asked if he could fix a typewriter, he was a sewing machine repair man, so had a look, fixed it and that saved his life.....he remarried when he was let out of prison to a woman who had lost her entire family and now has another 6 children. He gets no pension from the government despite working all his life, so he has published this book, which he sells for $10 US to the tourists, partly to support him self and his family but mostly to make sure the story of what happened to many many people is told and spread around the world. He is another person who exudes peacefulness and calm.


Pamela said...

I agree, a sad day. These stories must be told or they will be forgotten and repeated.

Moose-ings said...

People have short memories, so as sad as it is, history and people's lives must be remembered, so that future generations can learn from it.

Fiona said...

so many places have periods of awful history. I can understand the feeling of disrespect taking pictures. Wonderful to meet a man who has dealt with that horror and come to terms with it in such a positive way and now letting people know what happened.

newsurfiegirl said...

What an interesting story, I think his calm and peacefulness is being spread as his story is shared.

desertskyquilts said...

I can only hope there are many tourists and they all buy his book.