Victory Over Genocide Day

Observed each year in Cambodia on January 7th, Victory Over Genocide Day is a holiday that commemorates the end of the Khmer Rouge Regime in 1979. This organization merged radical communist policies such as taking children from their parents and forcibly enforcing self-sufficiency in an attempt to return the country of Cambodia back to rural, agricultural culture.

In the four years of their regime, it’s estimated that about 25% of the entire population of Cambodia were killed by overwork, starvation, illness, or execution. That makes the Khmer Rouge campaign one of the most effective genocide campaigns in Cambodian history.

The History Of Victory Over Genocide Day

Cambodia was a base of operations for communist forces during the Vietnam War, and after the war, an offshoot of the Vietnam People’s Army called the Red Khmer or Khmer Rouge as its most popularly known came into power in 1975.

They continued their campaign of genocide for four long years before Vietnamese troops entered Cambodia and began their assault on the Red Khmer on January 7, 1979. On April 17, 1979, the Red Khmer would officially surrender.

Facts About Cambodia

Let’s enjoy some quick facts about Cambodia before moving on with this holiday article. Ready? Okay, let’s get started then.

  • Cambodia is one of the few countries in the world without a Mcdonalds’.
  • Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the entire world.
  • The official language of Cambodia is Khmer.
  • Approximately 95% of all Cambodians are Buddhists.
  • Cambodia has one of the youngest populations in Southeast Asia.
  • The Cambodian flag is the only flag with a building on it in the world.

Observing Victory Over Genocide Day

On this day, people all over the country hold candlelit vigils and memorial services for victims of the Khmer Rouge. There are also political speeches, rallies, and other events held on this day.

Where is Victory Over Genocide Day celebrated?

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