A DARK PAST
From 1975 to 1979, an estimated 1.5 to 3 million Cambodian citizens were brutally murdered. This historic Cambodian genocide was carried out by the Khmer Rouge Regime. During the time of the genocide, the practices of the Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, resulted in forced relocation, horrific torture, mass executions, malnutrition, and disease, all of which led to the death of one fourth of the total population of Cambodia. In an attempt to take Cambodia back to its agricultural roots, the Khmer Rouge arrested, tortured and eventually executed anyone suspected of being a supposed "enemy". These “enemies” included any professionals or intellectuals, which meant that almost everyone with an education, an understanding of foreign languages, or those who wore glasses, were brutally executed. As of 2009, 23,745 mass graves have been discovered. The Khmer Rouge Regime and the Cambodian Genocide left the surviving citizens incredibly scarred. These innocent civilians (now the adults of Cambodia today) grew up in a state of terror, and this has put their country and its citizens in an incredibly vulnerable situation. The country, its government, infrastructure, and citizens, are still in recovery.