During the four years of Khmer Rouge in Cambodia from 1975 to 1979, the country nonetheless was transformed into a killing field executing people here and there.
This is why those four years are known as the worst period for Cambodia and one of the worst mass killings that took place in the 20th century.
According to an estimate, two million people lost their lives in this brutal regime and many fled the country to escape from being murdered by the merciless ruler.
Nothing can be compared to the horrors of this mass murdering.
The country had to suffer terrible loss during these four years and was taken back to Middle Ages as the people were ruthlessly killed, lost their jobs, had to fled, and those who weren’t murdered starved to death.
How It All Started?
The horrors of this tragic event originate from the 1960s when a communist party became active in Cambodia that was ruled by a Monarch.
The Khmer Rouge movement started in the mountain areas and jungles of the country and gradually spread throughout Cambodia.
Their main motive was to fight this communist party that had begun its rule in the country.
Initially, the movement did not have much support from the citizens of the country and only worked as an armed wing of a communist party of Kampuchea.
The group started gaining popularity after the right-wing military coup overthrew Prince Norodom in 1970 that was the head of state at that time.
To regain his rule, the prince decided to extend his support to the party. They collaborated with him politically.
Once the prince supported Khmer Rouge, the group started gaining the support of the people as well.
It was because the monarch was famous among the people.
Gaining the support of the prince helped them gain the support of the people as well.
This is when the group started getting famous among the citizens of the country.
During the civil war that took place in Cambodia for almost five years, the group extended its control to the countryside as well by promising to offer the citizens the peace which they were longing for.