Row upon row of mugshots, 14,000 people were killed here or shipped to the Killing Fields and killed. Only 7 survived. As a result it was like looking at photos from beyond the grave. Some were as young as 3 or 4, some in their 60’s. There were postmortem photos, photos of people black and blue from beatings, all malnutritioned. A few with hate looking at the camera but the vast majority were crushed, completely desperate without hope and seeming to know what their fate would be.
Back in 2006 I’d only ever been abroad twice, a 2 week holiday in the Costa Del Sol and a 4 day city break in Rome. The decision to go travelling for a year was born out of being totally bored with life and always having a nagging in the back of my mind that I’d wanted to see and do more, a familiar story.