I visited cambodia in 2015 and what I witnessed both enthralled me and appalled me in equal measure.
Of course I was completely wowed by the amazing Khmer architecture and beguiled by the incredibly friendly locals
However, learning more detail about the cruel actions of the evil Khmer Rouge regime in the mid to late seventies left me speechless, emotional and disgusted.
The heinous crimes committed by Cambodians against Cambodians were absolutely staggering and my visit to the Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Detention Centre (a converted primary school know simply as S-21 during those dark days) in and around Phnom Penh left an indelible mark on me.
It also inspired me to write a book that brings to life the feelings those places evoke when visiting nowadays, through the eyes of a travelling couple.
A couple who then unwittingly get caught up in their own perilous situation at the hands of a ruthless underworld organisation that was born from the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge and the Vietnam War.
‘The Killing Fields‘ is an extraordinary film portrayal of that shameful period. It is a difficult watch but a great way to get an idea of what it was like.
Here are a few pictures from my 2015 visits to the two scenes of those crimes from around 35-years ago.