Weekly Travel Photo / by Vasiliki Papadopoulos

This photo was taken in Cambodia in the summer of 2014. His name is Bou Meng. I met Bou at Tuol Seng (Hill of the Poisonous Trees) - a former prison of the Khmer Rouge regime. It was where 14,000 Cambodians were tortured and then sent to the Killing Fields across Cambodia to die. It is a tragic reminder of the cruelty of power, ideology and hatred. Of the 14,000 Cambodians brought to the prison, only 7 survived. Bou Meng is one of two survivors still alive today. I was amazed by his grace and humility and the fact the he comes to the prison (which is a museum now) every day to meet with tourists and tell his story.