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Khmer Rouge And Genocide

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Khmer Rouge
What is genocide? Genocide is when violent crime is done against groups intending to destroy its existence (Genocide). Not many know about the Cambodian genocide, committed by the Khmer Rouge. The Khmer Rouge or also known as the Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK), took ownership of Cambodia. The CPK established the political party of Democratic Kampuchea in 1976 and administered the country until January 1979. In 1975 Khmer Rouge declared Year Zero, where all culture and traditions in Cambodia were abolished or eliminated, while a new revolutionary culture replaced it. This meant that they had to start all over again as if nothing had existed. All these actions changed Cambodia completely, and until this day they’re trying to recover from all the damage done. The Khmer Rouge concurred Cambodia by completely destroying civilizations and killing about two million people in the process, resulting to the psychological scars that remain within Cambodians till this day.
Additionally, the Cambodian communist movement developed from the country’s struggle against the French, and was impacted by the Vietnamese (CambodiaTribunalMonitor). In 1973, Khmer Rouge placed almost half a million tons of bombs on Cambodia, with the help of the United States, causing the death of more than a quarter million of people. Some of those who lost family members or harbored a grudge, joined the Khmer Rouge. They didn’t have much of a choice because they were abandoned, or they were forced to join the movement. By early 1973, about eighty-five percent of Cambodian territory was taken over by the Khmer Rouge. Since they were extremely close to fully concurring Cambodia the Lon Nol army was almost unable to fight back. Howeve...

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...ther cases dead. Until this day there are some Khmer Rouge soldiers alive, but no one demands justice because they’ve learned to live with it.
According to Cambodia Tribunal Monitor the Democratic Kampuchea was one of the worst human tragedies of the 20th century. Cambodia was left in bad conditions because the damage the Khmer Rouge caused. Most of the people in Cambodia are bound to be missing a family member or several because of the genocide. Landmines are still killing people, and there are too many to get rid of them all at once. Cambodians were left traumatized because of this, or were left with a mental illness. This is something that will never be forgotten and will always remain in history. It is also one of those things that will never let people fight justice for because the government forbids it. They are forced to carry on the memories of their past.
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