It was once a school named Tuol Svay Prey High School.All the pupils were forced to be prison guards and tortures.Then the ultra extremest Khmer Rouge Communist Government took over in 1975. They transformed the school into a chamber of suffering and death that lasted until the fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1979.Anyone who wore glasses,could read or had an education(Christians and Budhist) all were rounded up,imprisoned and eventually killed cruely in this pol pot regime.
Before entering the tuol sleng prison,there was a sign posted and this was what the prisoners first saw before entering.
- 1. You must answer accordingly to my question. Don't turn them away.
- 2. Don't try to hide the facts by making pretexts this and that, you are strictly prohibited to contest me.
- 3. Don't be a fool for you are a chap who dare to thwart the revolution.
- 4. You must immediately answer my questions without wasting time to reflect.
- 5. Don't tell me either about your immoralities or the essence of the revolution.
- 6. While getting lashes or electrification you must not cry at all.
- 7. Do nothing, sit still and wait for my orders. If there is no order, keep quiet. When I ask you to do something, you must do it right away without protesting.
- 8. Don't make pretext about Kampuchea Krom in order to hide your secret or traitor.
- 9. If you don't follow all the above rules, you shall get many many lashes of electric wire.
- 10. If you disobey any point of my regulations you shall get either ten lashes or five shocks of electric discharge.
Inside Tuol Sleng are room after room of photos of the victims.Non of the victims survived this cruel act . There are still chains bolted to the ground, visible bloodstains on the walls and evidence of suffering everywhere. Prisoners' families were often brought en masse to be interrogated and later murdered at the Choeung Ek extermination center.The place was used to obtain confessions through torture. Prisoners were tortured with electric shocks through the most treasured areas of their bodies and there were even some photos and metal tools that they heated and seared the skin of the prisoners.They were sometimes forced to eat human feaces and also drink human urines.Most of the prisoners had many diseases.
I feel lucky that we all don't have to go through all of this.I hope history like this will never repeat ever again.I wished we could go for a trip to Cambodia with my studio friends and experience this for myself..One day i will make sure i visit this place oh and Angkor Wat too.These two places are a must when you visit Cambodia.