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What is now called the Killing Fields were a number of sites in Cambodia where large numbers of people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge, who ruled the country they called Democratic Kampuchea from 1975-1979. Their atrocities were only stopped when Communist Vietnam invaded the country to end the massacres. Estimates of the number of victims range from 1.7 to 2.3 million out of an original population of about 7 million. There are many sites in Cambodia commemorating the victims of this horrible genocide. The memorial stupa at Wat Thmey is one of the small ones. These bones were found in a nearby well and on a nearby battlefield, and could not be identified. They can now be seen inside the stupa through the glass windows and help us never forget what happened. When I first wrote this tip in 2009, I found a very interesting masters thesis by Aafke Sanders called "The Evil Within" that documented those horrible times and the survivors' memories of them. An English version was located at http://www.stichtingvredeswetenschappen.nl/TheEvilWithin.pdf but in 2014 the URL was no longer valid.
Directions: The turn is about 1.5 km north of Siem Reap on the secondary (west) road to Angkor Wat; the wat is about 500 m further west on the side road.
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