(Written by Him)
At the same time the war in Vietnam spread to Cambodia when the United States bombed Cambodia’s borders in attempts to destroy the North Vietnamese bases. The bombings destroyed many villages and killed many people, allowing the Khmer Rouge to gain support among the peasants and farmers. In 1970, Prince Sihanouk was overthrown by his top general, Lon Nol. Despite the United States backing Lon Nol's government, it was corrupt and weak and was easily defeated by the Khmer Rouge.
With no doctors and no food the millions working in the fields had little chance of survival. If the people got sick, which was inevitable with starvation, there was no medicine or medical staff to save them. The Angkar abolished markets, schools, and universities, and banned money, watches, clocks, eight-track players, and televisions as these were tools of capitalism. They destroyed temples and religious places, monks were hunted and killed and even Angkor Wat itself was badly damaged.
There are numerous indentations in the ground across the fields. These are the mass graves. Large holes were dug in the ground and the victims piled inside before being covered with chemical DTT (to encourage death, decomposition and to cover the smell) before the bodies were covered over with earth. As the earth has settled over the years, bones and clothes have pushed their way to the surface. These are collected by the curators and specially housed on site. This process still continues today. Visitors must walk between the indentations and never across to show respect for those buried.