After four years of wrangling between the Cambodian government and the United Nations, a UN-sponsored tribunal begun by the end of the year 2008 the trial against leaders of the Khmer Rouge, the Maoist movement that ruled the country from April 1975 until January 1979. In a reign of terror christened the “Killing Fields”, the Khmer Rouge was responsible for the deaths of an estimated two million people, or more than 20 percent of the population.
Waiting for the final verdict, which will hopefully let the voice of this forgotten people be heard, Cambodians are still living with many social and political troubles:
poverty, no public health care and still many landmines accidents every year.
Over 5 millions mines are still spread in the country, expecially in the north-west area close to the Thai border. The condition of the roads often make impossible for the injuried to reach an hospital in time for their life to be saved.
Tuol Sleng Museum, pictures of war victims. Phnom Penh.