Khmer Rouge And Its Effects On The Vietnam War Essay

1201 Words Aug 16th, 2016 5 Pages
Khmer Rouge was one of the many leaders of the Cambodian people. He was a member of the communist party who came into office during Cambodia’s struggle against French colonization. After the first Indochina war in the 1950s, the communist movement in Cambodia began to form. Before Rouge took office, small battles had taken place. In 1970, Marshal Lon Nol, a Cambodian leader, began to battle Rouge and the Vietnamese army he had backing him. Two years later, the Vietnamese turned the fight over to the communist party who then got assistance from the US to drop bombs over Cambodia. By 1973, most of Cambodia was in the hands of Khmer Rouge. By 1975, Rouge had control of all of Cambodia once Phnom Penh, a large city in Cambodia, fell to communist forces. The Khmer Rouge regime occurred during the years of 1975 and 1979. During his time in office, one of the most devastating events in history took place: The Cambodian genocide. The aftermath of this genocide lead to, “between 2.2 million and 2.8 million excess deaths” (de Walque). Those numbers had a huge effect on the Cambodian people. A few studies have been done to see just how devastating these losses were to the Cambodian people and if they’re still affected. The remaining of this paper aims to examine just how detrimental this genocide was, how exactly people were affected, and if they are still affected today. Under Rouge’s power, almost 2 million people were forced out of the city of Phnom Penh and into the…

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