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The Khmer Rouge

The Khmer Rouge, the communist party, took control of Cambodia in 1975 after a civil war. While the Khmer Rouge was in power they legislated policies that disregarded the value of human life and massacred their own people.



In 1970, the population was 7.1 million. Over the course of the next 10 years, approximately 4 million people died from disease, man-made famine, war, genocide, politicide. 

Pol Pot

Pol Pot was a Cambodian Politician who led the Khmer Rouge from 1963 to 1997. From 1963-1981 he was the chairman of the Communist Party. (Add more)

The Role of Women

During the Khmer Rouge, women had responsibilities in the fields including gathering rice and vegetable farming. The men's primary responsibility included plowing and mining.  

The Americans

The Americans, under the orders of President Richard Nixon, started bombing the border between Cambodia and Vietnam because they suspected that many Vietcong had fled to Cambodia for refuge. 


After the fall of the communist regime in 1979, the people and the new Vietnamese regime tried Pol Pot and his successors for genocide. 

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