Dr. Glenn Miles our director of Asia Prevention emailed this blog post to me. Having been to Toul Sleng, I found it touching and disturbing. It also inspired me throughout the day in the Love146 office.
I (Dr. Miles) was orientating someone to Cambodia and showed them around Toul Sleng, the genocide museum which was previously used as a place to torture and kill people in 1975-9. There is something very disturbing seeing the images of the victims with numbers on them. During the genocide political prisoners and their families were taken to Toul Sleng to be tortured and after they had made their ‘confessions’ they were killed. Before they were killed they were numbered and photographed as a gruesome record of everyone who had gone through Toul Sleng. Some of the prisoners were raped by the guards. As we were going around my eye fell on those whose numbers were 145 and 146 and it occurred to me that today there are still girls and boys being tortured and sexually violated in Cambodia today. It is time that the torture stops. Please help us to help to stop child sex slavery and exploitation. Nothing less.
Another photo that motivated me today was from a couple weeks ago in the Philippines. This is a view (sorry for the poor quality) of a training in aftercare class led by Dr. Gundelina Velazco. If you want to know who is fighting in the field for the lives of children, it is the adults pictured below who are all currently working in safehomes/shelters.
I hope this day finds you motivated toward abolition and humming with hope,
Co-founder, Chief Story Crusader, Love146