Cambodia. This place has some of the most beautiful and historic sites. But like most under-developed nations, there are stark realities that can overshadow the beauty of that nation.
In the mid-1970’s, a horrific dictator by the name of Pol Pot came into power. He had promised his people freedom and security. The reality, however, was he was going to “purify” the country of all western influence by means of a great genocide. In the course of four years, he managed to wipe out 1.7 million Cambodians. According to research done by Yale University, this genocide “was one of the worst human tragedies of the last century.” Without question, such a tragic event has led to lasting consequences–poverty, corruption, and desperation.
“Capturing Eyes” is but a very small reflection of the lingering affects Pol Pot has had in Cambodia. Look closely at the picture, do you see the situation? Do you see the bare feet; the trash; the “bed” made of a cloth? History does not stay in the past: someone must live in its present.