The Genocide Carried Out by Pol Pot

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Numerous genocides have occurred throughout the twentieth century, beginning with the Turkish genocide against the Armenians. One genocide in particular, the Cambodian genocide, is considered by many to be one of the most ruthless genocides of the twentieth century. The Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK), better known as the Khmer Rouge, was led by a communist dictator known to the world as Pol Pot. His regime abused the Cambodian people at an unimaginable scale. His attempts to transform Cambodia into a classless society, where there would be no distinction between rich and poor along with no exploitation, resulted in the devastation of about one-fifth of the population due to starvation, malnutrition, torture, exhaustion, and even illness. To make matters worse, families were separated, young children were forced into labor camps, and people were left in the field to rot. Although relatively underexamined, the Cambodian genocide goes down as one of the most atrocious genocides of the twentieth century. Pol Pot, born Saloth Sar, was born in 1925 in a small fishing village called Prek Sbauv, located in northeastern Cambodia. He later went to the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, where he pursued his studies at a French Catholic primary school, eventually ending up in Paris on a scholarship. During his time in Paris, he studied radio technology and became influenced by Marxism. After losing his scholarship, he returned to Cambodia in 1953 joining an underground Communist
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