The French embassy in Phnom Penh inaugurated a memorial sculpture dedicated to those killed under the Khmer Rouge regime yesterday.
The sculpture, representing a man upside down, is the work of Khmer artist Ing Phousera, better known as Sera, who witnessed the events of April 17, 1975, when the population of Phnom Penh was forced to leave their homes.
“It symbolizes the fact that everything fell when the Khmer Rouge marched the people out,” Mr Sera said.
Keo Remy, chairman of the Cambodian Human Rights Committee, participated in the inauguration.
“People under Pol Pot’s regime had no human rights,” he said.
The sculpture is part of 11 artistic projects by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia aimed at preserving the memory of those who suffered at the hands of the regime.
Pich Sreyphal, a woman who suffered the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge when her family members died as they walked along the roads after leaving Phnom Penh, was deeply moved by Mr Sera’s work.
“When I saw the sculpture, I knew that people will not forget our suffering,” she said.