Cambodian Genocide And Its Effect On Cambodia Essay

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Cambodian Genocide

“There’s what we did wrong and what we did right. The mistake is that we did some things against the people - by us and also by the enemy - but the other side, as I told you, is that without our struggle there would be no Cambodia right now.” (Pol Pot) Cambodia is in southeast Asia; half the size of California. In the early 1900’s the population was just over 7 million; most of them were buddhists. It gained its independence from France in 1953 after 100 years of colonial rule. After Cambodia gained its independence Prince Sihanouk was given power but was ousted in 1970 by a military coup led by his own cambodian general Lon Nol (World Without Genocide). The Cambodian Genocide was a genocide that started out small but it turned to chaos when more people got involved.

April 17th,1975 is when the genocide began its four year toll on Cambodia. The joint dissatisfaction with the Cambodian people started when Southeast Asia began to decolonize in the 50’s and continued to cause problems until the 80’s. The genocide was run by a Khmer Rouge. The Khmer Rouge was led by Pol Nol and had gained the support of Prince Sihanouk and his followers. The Khmer Rouge group was a group that wanted to revolutionize Cambodian society and would do it at any cost. The group consisted of “soldiers” that were mainly peasants who a majority were uneducated and had never been out of their provinces before. They attempted to nationalize and centralized the peasant farming society,…

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