Chankiri Tree

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A Chankiri Tree. The sign reads "Chankiri Tree against which executioners beat children"

A Chankiri Tree or Killing Tree was a tree in the Cambodian Killing Fields against which children and infants were smashed because their parents were accused of crimes against the Khmer Rouge. It was so the children "wouldn't grow up and take revenge for their parents' deaths".[1] Some of the soldiers laughed as they beat the children against the trees, as not laughing could have indicated sympathy, making oneself a target.[2]


  1. ^ Tyner, James A.; Philo, Chris (2009). War, violence, and population: making the body count. Guilford Press. p. 2. ISBN 978-1-60623-037-4.
  2. ^ Cockerell, Penny (1 May 2005). "Cambodian Shadows". Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. Retrieved 27 October 2010.