The last mapping project completed by the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) confirmed 81 genocide memorial sites in Cambodia. (Although in a conversation in January 2013, DC-Cam Director Youk Chhang estimated as many as 126). It was never the intention of this project to set off on a scavenger hunt for all of the memorials, but rather, to complete a sample survey and obtain a general understanding of local memorials as a collection of localized forms of memory.
Between September 2012 and April 2013, I was able to complete fieldwork at 12 genocide memorials. At that time, I called it a wrap and decided to work with the group of sites that I had by then. No one site is what you might call the “classical” representation of a local genocide memorial in Cambodia. I have found there is such diversity of history, design, and physical condition among just these 12 sites.
For each memorial, I have put together a map of its geographic location, a story about the experience at the site, and a profile on its physical construction, found below. This has helped me not only organize the information but also evaluate the project’s bigger picture.