Editor's note: This corrects the caption of the photo of David C. Henley in front of Tuol Sleng Prison.
Editor's note: The following article is a first-person account of a visit to the former Tuol Sleng Prison in Cambodia by David C. Henley, a Newport Beach resident. Henley is a former foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Examiner, the Christian Science Monitor and Knight-Ridder Newspapers. He and his wife returned home Saturday from a trip to Cambodia, Vietnam and Taiwan.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — From a distance, the former Chao Ponhea Yat High School provided no outward evidence of the horrors that took place there more than three decades ago.
I pulled up to the front gate aboard a "tuk-tuk" taxicab, a small, two-wheeled canopied trailer pulled by a motorcycle. Set on a narrow side street in this chaotic and poverty-stricken capital city, the complex of five, three-story concrete buildings surrounded by a playground, palm trees, small shops and food stalls appeared commonplace and ordinary as Kosal, my 35-year-old tuk-tuk driver, let me off at the gate.