Chinese Grave in Cambodian Killing Fields

We noticed this tombstone in the middle of the killing fields of Cheung Ke, outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Chinese characters explain it is for a woman who died November, 1969 (six years prior to the Khmer Rouge's reign of terror). According to our guide Kasol, the Khmer Rouge plunked their killing fields down in the middle of a Chinese graveyard. The stones were probably knocked over and buried during the 70s and then dug out more recently.

1 comment:

Jeff Juan said...

The marker is broken so it's likely that it was dug out later. The Chinese graveyard was chosen as the sight of Tol Sleng, like the Khmer Rouge meant just to quietly murder and bury a few to start off before it got out of hand.