Team to work on 200 sites of mass graves

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The mass graves at Choeung Ek in Phnom Penh. KT/ Khem Sovannara

The Culture and Fine Arts Ministry’s archaeology and prehistory department is set to continue to catalogue remains to be found in about 200 mass graves across the country yet to be excavated.

The graves are now remnants of the once genocidal Khmer Rouge that was responsible for the death of about 1.7 million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979.

Department head Voeun Vuthy yesterday said that his team has so far catalogued the remains of victims in six killing sites since they began their work in 2012, including Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek in Phnom Penh, Kraing Tachan and Pork Prec in Takeo province, Preasat Vordey pagoda in Kampong Cham province and Tuol Taploung in Kampong Thom province.

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Since his work began in 2012, his team has identified about 200,000 victims based on their skeletal remains.

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