I have no words for the killing fields, really.
You walk throughout the fields which are lush and green and silent. The audio cassette gives you a very moving and realistic insight and understanding into the horrific and unimaginable events that unfolded here.
Around 129 mass graves were uncovered here, and what seem like endless pits in the earth are frightening to see, along with the horrific facts that are explained about specific marked graves.
There are bones, teeth and cloth in the ground in some areas, which become visible during rains when the soil moves, and yes, you do have to watch wear you step, but you are given warning about this, and I still felt that it was all managed in an extremely respectful manner.
There is a museum you can look in, and you can pay your respects at the memorial stupa, where 17 levels of bones have been housed.
Although this is a very difficult place to visit, and the stories and truths you hear are unimaginable and heart-breaking, I felt it was important to go there and understand what happened here in Cambodia. What I learned was very important; I was able to pay respects to those who had passed and I walked away with a different perspective.
Perhaps a positive I can take away from this visit, was to come back into Phnom Penh and see the hardy smiling faces of the beautiful Cambodians, who have risen from such pain and suffering.
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