Khmer Rouge Victims Welcome Preservation of Textiles At Tuol Sleng Museum

The launch of the project was attended by Culture Minister Phoeurng Sackona and U.S. Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy last Thursday. The U.S. ambassador said it was critical to preserve the “sacred objects”, which were visual reminders of the genocidal regime.

Khmer Rouge victims from the S-21 prison in Phnom Penh said last week they were appreciative of efforts to restore and preserve textiles and clothing belonging to victims detained at the notorious site.

Chum Mey, one of the few survivors from the former school-turned-prison, has made his life’s effort to come back to the Tuol Sleng prison on most days to remind and educate people of the atrocities committed there.

Attending an event last week, where the United States Embassy funded a $75,000 project to restore the textiles, Chum Mey said he supported the “important” project because it was in line with his intentions – to preserve artifacts and stories about the Khmer Rouge for educational purposes.

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