Phnom Penh Fell To The Khmer Rouge 44 Years Ago.

This photo was taken opposite the French Embassy after the shooting had stopped and is Neveu’s first image of the Khmer Rouge, unexpectedly smiling. Photo: Roland Neveu

Alan Parkhouse, Asia Times: The day the nightmare started

When the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia, photographer Roland Neveu captured the start of what became a genocide.

Forty-four years ago – on April 17, 1975 – a nightmare started for Cambodia and its entire population. On that day, after a brief battle on the outskirts of the city, Khmer Rouge fighters marched into the capital Phnom Penh and took control of the country.

The radical communist movement led by Pol Pol controlled the Southeast Asian nation until 1979, but in that brief period, a quarter of the population perished, with estimates of the dead ranging between 1.7 million and 3 million.

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WNU Editor: And the genocide began right-away.

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