Prisoner, Tuol Sleng Museum

Prisoner, Tuol Sleng Museum

National Museum of Cambodia

National Museum of Cambodia

Detention cells, Tuol Sleng Museum

Detention cells, Tuol Sleng Museum

Rainy season

Rainy season

Tuol Sleng, 1979

Tuol Sleng, 1979

Tuol Sleng, 2010

Tuol Sleng, 2010

Phnom Sampeau

Phnom Sampeau

Khmer New Year, Phnom Sampeau

Khmer New Year, Phnom Sampeau

Khmer New Year, Phnom Sampeau

Khmer New Year, Phnom Sampeau

Khmer New Year, Battambang

Khmer New Year, Battambang

Moto driver & family

Moto driver & family

Cambodia

Phnom Penh

April 2010 • Visiting here means confronting the debasement of Cambodia at the hands of Khmer and foreigner alike. Arrived on the 35th anniversary of the city's surrender to Khmer Rouge troops, who managed to evacuate residents within 24 hours and begin littering the killing fields with their ghosts. Today a former torture center is a bigger tourist draw than the National Museum, which houses some of the finest artifacts of ancient Angkor. And if overlooked heritage isn't depressing enough, there's a district of bars and restaurants where creepy old white guys hang out with their vacant-eyed Cambodian girlfriends. Orphanages are a cottage industry, corruption is rampant, and not a single Khmer Rouge leader has been held accountable for past atrocities; in fact, one of them is the prime minister. Cambodia has a long way to go.

Prisoner, Tuol Sleng Museum

Prisoner, Tuol Sleng Museum

National Museum of Cambodia

National Museum of Cambodia

Detention cells, Tuol Sleng Museum

Detention cells, Tuol Sleng Museum

Rainy season

Rainy season

Tuol Sleng, 1979

Tuol Sleng, 1979

Tuol Sleng, 2010

Tuol Sleng, 2010

Phnom Sampeau

Phnom Sampeau

Khmer New Year, Phnom Sampeau

Khmer New Year, Phnom Sampeau

Khmer New Year, Phnom Sampeau

Khmer New Year, Phnom Sampeau

Khmer New Year, Battambang

Khmer New Year, Battambang

Moto driver & family

Khmer New Year, Battambang