Additionally, health care, schools, and businesses were all removed and all Cambodian citizens were forced to leave their homes and evacuate. They were then forced into labor camps where most died of overworking, disease, or hunger. These harsh conditions were mainly enforced due to the Khmer Rouge’s belief of the evil of capitalism. Over 2 million Cambodians died in the Khmer Rouge’s massacre before Vietnam intervened and an invasion restored Cambodia to a democratic
Similarly, the Cambodians and Jews have both stood witness to the executions of one race. During the Cambodian Genocide, Pol Pot the leader, wiped out millions of educated Cambodians who were doctors, teachers, lawyers, bilingual, etc. His overall goal was to make the Kingdom of “Cambodia” a utopian society where everyone was equal and he reigned as king. In fact, the Khmer Rouge rounded up and separated family members to work in different villages in Cambodia. In addition, older men and young boys were sent to fight in the war.
To begin, in 1962, a little-known politician named Pol Pot became the leader of the Cambodian Communist Party. However, the ruling Prince of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanouk, did not approve of Pot’s policies and exiled him to the Cambodian jungle. There, Pot formed a militarized resistance movement, known as the Khmer Rouge. Some of its primary policies included opposition to U.S. intervention in the Vietnam War and the Sihanouk government, as the fighting in neighboring Vietnam had spilled over into Cambodia and had led to the death of over 75,000 Cambodians. This devastation had a significant impact on the morale of the Khmer people and would later lead to the development of the Cambodian genocide.
Genocides are the worst possible thing that mankind can do. Yet many genocides are just swept under the rug and forgotten about.Thats why it is important to be educated on them so we can try to prevent Genocides from reoccurring. The Cambodian genocide was one of the worst ever. Over the span of four years between 1.7 to 2 million Cambodians were killed. It all started when a man named Khmer Rouge seized control of the Government in 1975.
Shays’ Rebellion During Shays’ Rebellion, what were the farmers considered? Farmers were being taxed 1000% more after the Revolutionary War and since they weren’t able to pay they went to jail. 1,500 men decided to break into the government’s arsenal and steal weapons. All of that triggered the local militia which led them to killing four farmers. Although people think of the farmers as rebels, nevertheless the farmers were freedom fighters because they fought against unlawful punishment, stepped up to demand rights, and fought for money that they weren’t given.
China’s leader Mao implemented a program called Mao’s Great Leap Forward program this program told peasant framers when to plant crops, what to plant and how much to plant. Also peasants were required to turn over a third of their crops for taxed that was meant to feed the cities. In return the presents were made promises from the government such as the commune would provide workers with food, medical care, and other necessities. This contributed to the people starving and going to great lengths to survive such as trading children and killing and eating them, at this time famine was widespread and killing many people in China. Mao ruled for over twenty-seven years and during that time, “he had doomed China’s people to become some of the poorest on the planet”.
Cambodia fell in a horrible genocide, specially in Phnom Penh were people were seriously and brutally injured or killed by a group called Khmer Rouge. Pol Pot was born on May 19, 1928, the youngest of seven children. Pol Pot’s father, Saloth, was owner of nine hectares of rice land and three of garden land. Few villagers looked at them as “class enemies”. Every people tilled their fields, fished the river, and raised their children, it didn 't matter if they were poor or rich.
dictatorship was established, and "began a fierce struggle against militants and leftist guerrillas," in which the poorest victims were indigenous, who count for 70% the country (Gac-Artigas, 157). During his reign, 250,000 people died, disappeared or were displaced. The death toll alone is about 70,000 (Alexandrov). Specifically, Rios Montt had a problem with people of the Maya, because "Operation Sofia" in which destroyed 600 villages of the Maya people was established. Today, the violations committed Rios Montt so are justified, because he is still free, and not have to pay for crimes against humanity.
In 1975, the Khmer Rouge, a group of followers of the Communist group called Kampuchea run by Pol Pot, took over Phenom Penh and forced over two million people into labor camps in the mountainous country side of Cambodia. On a steamy day in April 1975, civilians in the town of Phenom Penh are going about their daily lives when soldiers pull into the city signifying the end of the war. Momentarily, the people are relieved and cheering. But then the soldiers start shouting at the people to evacuate the city. "They holler for the people to close their shops, to gather all guns and weapons, to surrender the weapons to them" (Ung 21).
Between 1975 and 1979, an estimate of 2 million Cambodians were sent to the Killing Fields after the Khmer Rouge regime took over power. Within these fields, many people were either killed, starved, or worked to death so the regime may maintain an ethnic superiority and partake in an extreme version of Maoism. The Missing Picture and Enemies of the People are documentaries that take different approaches to tell the stories of Cambodians who were not only affected, but took part in the genocide. Both documentaries ultimately display documentary filmmaking, styles and issues that occur while making a film. The Missing Picture is Rithy Panh’s latest work in which he uses voiceover narration and clay figurines as a substitution for the non-existing media footage to depict the personal experiences him and his family faced during the Cambodian genocide.
The Khmer Rouge was a revolutionary group who wanted to reconstruct Cambodian society. On April 17, 1975 the Khmer Rouge attacked the capitol Phnom Penh. As soon as the Khmer Rouge got to the capitol they started to force the people to leave all their possessions and march to the rural part of Cambodia. “Hospital patients