Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum Tour Guide:
For a passerby, this building looks like any other school in Cambodia, it is only when one sees the sign that the silence is explained – the building house the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum or the Security Prison – the high school that was converted into a place of confinement, torture and murders by the Khmer Rouge.
Eerily silent, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum was once filled with the endless screams of the victims and prisoners, who were tortured and starved for confessions to crimes not committed by them. A tour takes you through the rooms, which were divided into crude cells. Prisoners housed in these were chained to shackles and rods; they were forbidden to speak or have any contact with each other.
You can also see the instruments of torture, such as leg-irons and the iron bed frame to which prisoners were chained and electric shocks administered. A skull map, cabinets lined with skulls and photographs of the victims maximize the impact.