Genocide in Cambodia

Few events have ever conjured as much terror and hatred as the genocidal killings in Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge; more than 2 million people were shot, strangled, beheaded, starved or tortured to death in the 20th century. The United States, when monitoring human rights violations such as genocide, should play essential roles in abolishing these law-breaking habits, establish a clear understanding of repercussions, and provide social and finical aid for the rebuilding of a distressed nation. Yet, throughout history the nature of imperialism has created great dynasties and destroyed many of them, from the Romans to the Nazis to the Khmer Rouge; one way to dominate the world is by destroying cultures or civilization to have more control, this is known as genocide. Genocide is the systematic killing of all the people from a national, ethnic, or religious group, or an attempt to do this for power. Thus this is one of the reasons for the horrific killings by the Khmer Rouge, which will be discussed more in depth throughout this paper along with gruesome details of their actions, life before and after the regime, connections between this human rights violation and others that took and take place in Cambodia, my view point along with others and the repercussions the Khmer Rouge endured by the United States and the United Nations in the aftermath of this event.
The population of Cambodia is 11,339,562 (1998 estimate). Population growth per year is estimated at 2.5 percent, one of the highest rates in Asia. The rate of infant mortality is also high. The population density is 63 persons per sq km (162 per sq mi), with the densest concentrations on the heavily cultivated central plain. The mountainous regions of the country, where malaria is widespread, are thinly populated, as are the poorly watered northern provinces. During the late 1970s, under the brutal rule of the Khmer Rouge, all of Cambodia's towns were depopulated, and reside…


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