Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken in more ways than one

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Angkor Thom was founded by King Jayavarman VII  built in the 10th and 11th century. It was built in an almost perfect square and outside its high walls was a wide moat which once housed hungry crocodiles. It is a large complex being over a mile wide and contains many temples and other features. Many of the decorative features are broken in some of the temples such as the Phimeanakas temple. Reconstruction is underway with the broken pieces piled around the edges. Can you imagine the jigsaw skills that would require.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

The ancient ruins of Angkor Wat and surrounds are not all that is broken in Cambodia. The people are broken after Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge movement ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. From a population at this time of 7 – 8 million people 1.5 million died from starvation, execution, disease or overwork. In one detention centre S-21 shown below only seven of the 20,000 people imprisoned there are known to have survived.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

I wondered that the sign “no smiling” was necessary. The interior was no smiling matter at all.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

The psyche of the people remains broken. They do not understand how one of their own could do this. Recovery is slow and hard.

In response to weekly photo challenge Broken

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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14 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken in more ways than one

  1. It’s so hard to believe that any human can inflict such pain on any other human – and yet, they do. Sobbing must be allowed.

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  2. Tom says:

    The sign could mean: No loud talking and laughing!
    Asians sometimes do that to cover the shame.

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  3. Such a poignant post. Thanks for sharing this with us

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  4. Yann Gourvennec says:

    There are so many of those no-smiling places. We have just come back from Berlin and this is probably the epitome of “broken”. Very sad story in Cambodia indeed. A former colleague of mine was from there. She escaped to France as a child. None of her family survived the massacre.

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  6. Charli Mills says:

    Broken, indeed. Only seven survivors! Unbelievable that we hardly know this recent history. Your photo juxtapositions are especially poignant.

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