1975, THE NIGHTMARE BEGINS
The day the Khmer Rouge cleared Phnom Penh
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On April 17, 1975, Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, is invaded by cohorts of skinny, haggard teenagers, dressed in black and heavily armed.
It is the communist soldiers, dubbed a few years earlier "Khmer Rouge" by King Norodom Sihanouk. They defeated the pro-American supporters of General and Prime Minister Lon Nol after a five-year civil war.
At least 1.7 million people have died in the countryside.