It’s a part of us, you know. But it became a symbol of the Khmer Rouge. Of war. Of violence. These small, young soldiers with the Chinese caps and the krama around their neck. And then, we saw so many people tied up with it. And blindfolded or killed, brought like that to execution. It left a big mark. We are marked by this object. It became something violent. You could say the Khmer Rouge…indoctrinated the krama, gave it a kind of ideology.
Rithy Panh, “S-21: The Killing Machine” (2007)