KOICA’s New Country Director to Cambodia Visits Chœung Ek Killing Field

AKP Phnom Penh, August 28, 2019 —

New Country Director of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Cambodia Office, Mr. Rho Hyun-Jun, on Aug. 28 visited the Chœung Ek Killing Field to see the project site of “Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum Archives Preservation and Digitisation Project”.

The visit, facilitated by the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, is a part of “International Conference on Genocide, Memory and Peace” taking place from today to Aug. 30, 2019.

Chœung Ek is the site of a former orchard and mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge, about 17 kilometres south of Phnom Penh. Known as the Killing Field, it is one of the sites where the Khmer Rouge regime executed over one million people between 1975 and 1979.

According to KOICA, this visit was organised within the framework of the “Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum Archives Preservation and Digitisation Project” that has been receiving financial support from KOICA. UNESCO is implementing, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, the project consisting of preservation and digitisation of the archives of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. These archives were recognised as World Documentary Heritage of international significance and were inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register in 2009.

The project aims at bringing them back to life through a crowd-sourced website in which S-21 administrative documents, photographs, forced confessions of people imprisoned at Tuol Sleng (S21) and murdered there or at the Chœung Ek Killing Field.

By C. Nika

(Photo: KOICA)