Day 2 was both confronting and emotional for all. Beginning our trek at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, we silently drifted through S-21, a prison designed for detention, interrogation, torture and killing under the Khmer Rouge. We listened to the tragic story of Pol Pot and the devastation suffered by thousands of innocent Cambodian families.
Piling back into our mini bus, the team headed for the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, the most well known of over 300 killing fields throughout Cambodia. Here we were adorned with headphones and ready to embark on our audio tour. Although the killing fields weren’t as visually confronting as the Genocide Museum, the stories told left us feeling empty, sunken and heart broken about a regime that occurred just over 30 years ago.
This afternoon saw the SeeBeyondBorders team split in two – the Teachers and the Projects Team. The Teachers made the 6 hour journey to Battambang, to prepare for their first workshop while the Projects Team lingered in Phnom Penh gathering resources and reviewing past endeavours.