Removing Hatred And Injustice

by Patrick Liew on September 5, 2011

On August 19, 2011, I went to one of the saddest places on planet earth. A place that showed humankind at its worst.

I went toTuolSlengGenocideMuseuminCambodia. This was the formerChaoPonheaYatHigh schoolthat was used by the Khmer Rouge as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21).

According to a tourist brochure, about 17000 political prisoners were kept behind locked doors and barbed wires from 1975 to 1979.

Many of these prisoners lived in the worst possible conditions and had to suffer many different ailments and diseases.

They went through the most inhuman forms of violence, beatings and torture, including eating human feces and drinking urine.

Many died in the process of the heartless cruelty.

These prisoners comprise a majority of Cambodians and foreigners, including Vietnamese, Thais, Laotians, Indians, Pakistanis, Arabs, British, French, Americans, New Zealanders, and Australians.

In my mind, we are all like prisoners together with them. So often we have locked our hearts and conscience in a prison.

Truth be told, I did not – and could not – walk through the museum. I saw a small part of it and sat outside on a cement slab for a long time.

The museum should be preserved permanently.

It must remind each and every one of us to do our part to put right the wrong in society.

We must prevent this and other forms of hatred, violence and cruelty from happening anywhere on planet earth again.

I am reminded of the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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Question: How can we do our part to put right what is wrong in our society?


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