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"We can make a difference. We can save lives. We can stop the genocide." -Kendrick Meek

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Who was responsible?

Pol Pot was the leader of Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge was Pol Pot's army.

Who Where the Victims?

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The Cambodian People, and any minorities like the Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai people. Also women and children.

Where and When?

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Cambodia from 1975-1979


Why did this Happen?
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Pol Pot took control of the city of Phnom Penh. Pol Pot declared in 1975 "This is year Zero." His mission was to "purify" society and banish capitalism, western influence and western culture from Cambodia. He wanted Cambodia to become a Communist peasant farming country. Pol Pot wanted to "purify" the Cambodian race from western and capitalistic influences.


How did Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge carry out the Genocide?
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The way they carried out the genocide was brutal. The Khmer Rouge killed any people who educated, wore glasses, spoke a forgien language or were buddhist. Some were sent to work on the farms for 12 hours a day, where people were worked to death. Because they barley were fed, many starved to death. Others were sent to security prisions, like S-21, where 14,000 people were killed and only 7 people made it out alive. Many were just brutally murdered by the Khmer Rouge.



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It is confirmed that 2.4 million people in Cambodia were excecuted by the Khmer Rouge, and 1.5 million are still unaccounted for. Pol Pot escaped persecution by fleeing into the jungle. There he died in 1998 without being judged for the atrocities that he committed on the Cambodian people.


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"'Never again' is the rallying cry for all who believe that mankind must speak out against genocide."

-Jon Corzine

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