Khmer Rouge’s detention center for people with disabilities

Chey Chumneas Hospital

By Or Sreypich

Chey Chumneas Referral Hospital is a former detention center for people with disabilities during the Khmer Rouge Regime

The Referral Hospital locates in Ta Kmao city, Kandal province had formerly been known as Prek Thnaot Psychiatric Hospital before the Khmer Rouge took power on January 15, 1975. The hospital was well-known as specializing in mental illness. The hospital was closed during the Khmer Rouge regime, and it was turned into a detention center until liberation day on January 7, 1979, according to an article in Searching for the Truth magazine of the Documentation Center of Cambodia.

In “Khmer Rouge Security Center at Former Prek Thnoat Psychiatric Hospital Ta Khmao District, Kandal Province,” Pheng Pong-Rasy wrote that most victims were handicapped people who were gathered from Phnom Penh and other places. They were executed after being tortured. The dead bodies of the victims were buried at the compound of the hospital where the Khmer Rouge planted the coconut trees on the site with the belief that the corpses would provide good fertilizer. There were around 130 coconut trees planted there during the Khmer Rouge regime.

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