A Cambodian listening to a radio during the election in 1993. This photo was taken by United Nations Photo in Kampong Speu Province on October 1, 1992. Source: Benny Widyono.


The Voices of Genocide's main objective is to provide Cambodians with informed legal and historical narratives of an important and often overlooked aspects of their shared history, while offering a platform for Khmer Rouge famine victims to share their experiences with one another.

Virtually, all Cambodians shared one common experience during the Khmer Rouge period: extreme suffering from lack of adequate food, sanitation and housing. As a result, famine and starvation caused unknown hundreds of thousands of deaths during the Khmer Rouge's relatively short reign (1975-1979). Although many victims of the Khmer Rouge have remained silent when it comes to specific crimes committed against them, due to the often brutal or humiliating nature of such experiences, starvation is something survivors dare to discuss openly. This is because these victims view famine under the Khmer Rouge as a "public", rather than "private" crime, suffered universally. As such, famine under the Khmer Rouge is a topic that has the potential to unite Cambodian families, communities and the entire nation in the exploration of a shared past.