The remains of thousands of victims of one of Cambodia's many killing fields
were relocated to a stupa January 24 and 25. The island of Koh Kor in Kandal
province was the setting for a somber ceremony to dedicate the new stupa at Wat
Chhouk Leap Preah Sihanouk.
Hundreds of villagers lit candles and incense
to commemorate the dead. Kong Prum, 61, said skulls were taken from five mass
graves on the island. He hopes they will remind the younger generation of what
"I hope to see the Khmer Rouge stand trial in my lifetime,"
said Prum. "Perhaps if there is a trial I will understand why they killed
The Cambodian Government is awaiting a response from UN
legal counsel Hans Corell about negotiations for a tribunal. According to the
Documentation Center of Cambodia some 7,000 people were killed at Koh Kor.