Cambodians consider life after death for comrade Duch

Some 10 km from Samlout district in Cambodia’s Battambang province, the wooden house of Ky Siev Kim is hidden between farm plots. The house is only reachable via a long bumpy road and an old wooden bridge.

Siev Kim is the daughter of Kaing Guek Eav, better known as comrade Duch, the notorious former director of S-21, a prison used by the Khmer Rouge to interrogate and torture enemies of the brutal communist regime that ruled Cambodia between 1975 and 1979.

Just like her father Siev Kim is a convert to Christianity. “I just followed my dad. It’s like being a good child who listen to her parent’s orders,” she said while comforting her 8-month-old daughter.

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