Cambodia, A Survived LandA young monk in the school of the monastery, a clock seems to give the pulse of the history over him..The Khmer Rouge actively persecuted Buddhists during their reign from 1975 to 1979. Buddhist institutions and temples were wantonly destroyed and Buddhist monks and teachers were killed in large numbers[. A third of the nations monasteries were destroyed along with numerous holy texts and items of high artistic quality. 25,000 Buddhist monks were massacred by the regime..The persecution was undertaken because Pol Pot believed Buddhism to be "a decadent affectation". He sought to eliminate Buddhism's 1,500 year mark on CambodiaStatement
Cambodians can today see a light at the end of a long, dark and sorrowful tunnel. The trials of Khmer Rouge leaders at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (KRT) have finally arrived after a three-decade long wait. Anonymous shadowy figures who ordered the death and torture of family members, and who were directly responsible for the deaths of millions of others through overwork, starvation and forced migration will now be seen finally climbing the steps of the witness stand to face legal retribution for ordering unspeakable crimes against humanity. The time has come for Cambodia to cleanse itself of its sorrowful past says Youk Chhang, the director of the Documentary Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), which has played a critical role in assembling the millions of documents meticulously gathered by the communist regime which will be now used as evidence against the regime's leaders.
Text Graig Guthrie