The Vietnamese-backed government of Kampuchea has discovered more mass graves containing victims of the former Pol Pot regime.
GV Mass grave near Phnom Penh, Kampuchea with rows of skulls
SV Piles of bones
SCU Rows of skulls
SV Workers moving bones (2 shots)
SV Children looking on
GV Grave site
GV PAN Wet ground around grave site
CU Skulls (4 shots)
CU Skeleton with wire and rope
SV Skulls with soldiers looking on (3 shots)
SCU Child and crowd round grave site (2 shots)
CU Skulls with crossed bones arranged beneath them and crowd looking on (2 shots)
LOCKYER: "As many as 20,000 people could have been slaughtered in this area by Pol Pot's killing squads. So far, four big 'death pits' have been uncovered and more than 700 skulls have been found. There are believed to be more than one hundred other mass graves of this size in the region, just 15 kilometres south-west of Phnom Penh. Villagers were moved away from the area during the time of the Khmer rouge and only discovered the graves as covering earth began to subside during the current wet season. Rising water are thought to have covered other mass graves in the area. Some of the skulls have been shattered by death blows, others still wear blindfolds and there are traces of hair. Some of the bones still carry the shackles which bound the victims as they were led to their death. Phnom Penh authorities believe these people may have been among the last to die under the Pol Pot regime in a final bout of killing before it was overthrown by the Vietnamese forces in January last year (1979). The Vietnamese-backed administration claims that the Pol Pot regime killed more than two million people during its four-year rule."
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Background: The Vietnamese-backed government of Kampuchea has discovered more mass graves containing victims of the former Pol Pot regime. The gruesome skeletons from the "killing ground", 15 kilometres (9 miles) south-west of the capital, Phnom Penh, have been put on display by the Kampuchean government. This report from Paul Lockyer of the Australian Broadcasting Commission.