I have been away from the computer for a few days, so this will be a day full of Daily Post Challenges. I initially had no idea what I would show for the prompt UGLY, so much so that I was going to skip it all together. Then I realised I had the perfect photos, from one of the saddest, ugliest places I have ever visited.
These photos were taken at the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh. This building was a high school before being transformed into a prison by members of the Khmer Rouge, under Pol Pot’s instruction. It is unknown how many Cambodian’s were tortured and killed in this prison during the Khmer Rouge Genocide, but it is believed to be between 17 000 and 20 000.
Even now, over 30 years later, the building seems to emit sadness and despair from its very walls. It is impossible to speak above a whisper, as I walked through the rooms I felt oppressed by the pain and suffering that had occurred here. I didn’t take very many photos because it felt almost sacrilegious, but these are some of the few I took.
Torture and interrogation rooms where the final 14 victims were found by Vietnamese soldiers Makeshift prison cells Each room was divided into crudely constructed prison cells by the Khmer Rouge.A tiny amount of light was let into each cell through a window in the door. Barbed wire to prevent escape and suicide attempts.
Graffiti and messages of love and hope left by visitors to the Genocide Museum.