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Khmer Rouge victim’s items to be preserved

Mom Sophon 12:31 / Khmer Times Share:
Cambodian and US officials inspecting clothes and other items of the victims of the Khmer Rouge regime to preserve at Tuol Sleng Genocide museum. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The US has provided $55,500 to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts for a project to preserve the textile evidence – clothes and sandals of victims – at the Tuol Seng Genocide Museum.

Chhay Visoth, the director of the Tuol Sleng Museum known as S-21 by the Khmer Rouge, said the textile evidence of the victims during the Khmer Rouge under the control of Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, such as clothes, shoes, belts, bags and other equipment had been collected at the museum.

“The preservation of this evidence is for showing the young generation to help them understand about Cambodian history and about these killings, including children,” Mr Visoth said.

He added that experts from museums in the US have come to train Cambodian officials about how to preserve these items. The signing ceremony was made at the museum between secretary of state Chuch Phoeurn and US ambassador to Cambodia Williams Heidt.

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