The Cambodian Genocide: The Consequences Of The Cambodian Genocide

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Cambodian Genocide
Webster Dictionary defines the word genocide as; the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group. Cambodia was a mostly peaceful, small country in South Asia with a population of about 7 million.
Imagined being brutally ripped from your family and never seeing them again, being run out of your home, and never knowing what will happen next. In 1975, Cambodia hit all 8 stages of a genocide, being one of the deadliest genocides.The genocide began after The genocide first began after the Cambodian war with the Khmer Rouge taking over Phnom Phen with the help of U.S bombings. About 2 million people died during the genocide because of the Khmer Rouge.
Pol Pot, the leader of the Khmer Rouge, claimed
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Some leaders of the Khmer Rouge still to this day deny guilt of the Cambodian genocide. Almost 40 years later they still deny responsibility for the deaths of millions of people. It is a crime in Cambodia to deny that atrocities were committed by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. "Not recognizing the crimes constitutes an insult to the souls of those who died during the [Khmer Rouge] regime, and brings suffering to the surviving family members of the victims," Says government lawmaker Cheam Yeap (The…show more content…
The Vietnamese only intervened in the genocide because the Khmer Rouge forces began to launch attacks on Vietnam’s borders (8 Stages of Genocide Cambodia). The reign of the Khmer Rouge, finally ended in the year of 2000. After the genocide the country of Cambodia was left in ruins. “Since production began five years ago, the television show, "It's Not A Dream," has reunited members of 54 Cambodian families shattered by the genocide” states CNN in 2015. This is just one example of the many ways in which Cambodia's traumatized society is beginning to undertake the fraught, painful business of reckoning with their history

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