The Revenue Fields

Two days after Vietnamese troops drove Pol Pot from power in 1979, a Cambodian farmer named Neang Say returned to his home village of Choeung Ek on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. He came upon a tree with blood, brain matter and hair embedded in the bark. Nearby he found an open pit filled with corpses—one of the 129 mass graves dug by the Khmer Rouge for the estimated 17,000 people they executed at the secluded spot. Neang Say was one of the first people to bring Choeung Ek's horrors to the attention of the invading Vietnamese and the outside world....

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