Monday, August 23, 2010

Cambodian "legacy projects" educate young generation about Khmer Rouge

Several projects have been launched in Cambodia to educate people about the Khmer Rouge regime and to ensure that the war crimes tribunal has a lasting impact.

"The school's over there, the pagoda's here. It's a community gathering space where there will be the opportunity to learn about the past, as well as plan for the future."

Daravuth Seng, a Cambodian-American lawyer, is walking me through a unique project at a Buddhist temple on the outskirts of the city of Battambang in western Cambodia.

In front of us over a deep pond, which is about twice the length and depth of an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a wooden building on stilts is taking shape. When it is finished this will be a learning centre for the community that he is talking about.

This temple is called Wat Samroung Knong and during the Khmer Rouge's rule of Cambodia more than 10,000 people were executed here.

Numerous bodies were dumped into the pond. A small building nearby has skulls and bones on display.

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