Tuol Sleng

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is the site of former Chao Ponhea Yat High School, which the Khmer Rouge used as the notorious S-21 execution center from 1975 to 1979.


Street houses and shops,
dirt roads gathered with rocks,
and above, gray palm trees.
Vendors with machetes on blocks of ice,
a wagon of green coconuts,
hand-cranking machines for sugarcane.

In this same place,
did they kill Yuos Samon?
We know they dented metal bed frames,
chained prisoners in schoolrooms.
Before the slow act of torture
each prisoner’s photo was taken
with an old-fashioned camera. Flash.
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