It’s within walking distance of Digital Divide Data, meaning it is also an easy walk from our apartment — but for some reason it took almost a month for us to visit. Thushan’s friend from home was traveling through with his girlfriend, and we decided it was a good excuse to do something “touristy”. I am glad I did not go alone; it’s impossible not to try to vocalize what you are seeing. The museum is on the site of a former high school turned now infamous Security Prison 21 (S-21) under the Khmer Rouge.
Walking through the expansive three building museum, past the almost endless pictures of the prisoners — knowing that out of almost 17,000 people imprisoned at Tuol Sleng, there were only twelve known survivors — was an emotionally draining experience. Difficult place to photograph for many reasons. Alas, here are some: