Thursday, May 19, 2011

№ 6. All Soul’s Day at S.21 (II)

Better that one heart be broken a thousand times in the retelling… if it means that a thousand other hearts need not be broken at all.”

--- Robert McAfee Brown, Preface for the 25th Anniversary Edition of Elie Wiesel’s NIGHT

It was too hushed upstairs. Although mostly empty, the yellow rooms seem filled with memories. They seem to remember quietly each of their harrowing stories.

2 November 2009
The feeble light was still seeping through the blinds before I left. Soon, the things in the room will gain their shadows. They will also remember. 

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum,
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2 November 2009

There is much less utility in a merciful end. Much more can be gained in calibrated, measured and deliberate deaths. Individuals, who may carry vital information, are deemed creatures of the state. They are reduced to collaterals in the pursuit of state security and stability.

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