On April 17, 1975 the Communist Party of Kampuchea, also known as the Khmer Rouge, seized the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Within days the Khmer Rouge enforced an aggressive and brutal reconstruction of Cambodian society. They forced millions of people to the country side. The Khmer Rouge wanted to create a rural, classless society. Over two million people where killed, ranging from citizens to military officers. Any person suspected of being an enemy was immediately killed. Every aspect of the previous society was destroyed. During the reign of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia became a living hell, virtually imprisoning the entire country.
Above - Photos of young Khmer Rouge fighters.