One of the hardest things I've ever seen, a tree in the killing fields which was used to 'beat children'. This doesn't mean torture, it literally means to beat to death. Cambodia has a dark history, be it's a reminder that any culture can be taken in by a regime that does evil for evil's sake while the world stands by. Yet this is never the end of a story, and this now-thriving country is a testament to that fact. For that I'm thankful.
The Killing Fields stupa.
Cambodia is a beautiful place that has come through profound tragedy. In the 1970s a vicious political party took control of the nation, evacuated the city, and forced the country's population into manual labor. Those who were resistant, enemies to the party, or labeled 'spies' for any reason were executed immediately. 'Killing fields' are scattered throughout the country, mass graves from their time in power. A monument stands in the middle of one field, full of skulls and bones of the victims, as both a testament to the atrocity and a tribute to those who lost their lives.