S21 / Tuol Sleng museum
When I was 10, our entire school shut down while we gathered around 3 TV sets to watch Paul Henderson score THE GOAL in the 1972 Summit Series against the Central Red Army men's hockey team of Russia. I did not know all these years that the series was officially called the "Friendship Series". Yeah, RIGHT! It should have been but it became more of a :
"Our Way of Life Against Yours" and "Our Country's Better Than Yours" and "Democracy is Better Than Communism" kind of series. It was a series that Canada was supposed to win hands down, without breaking a sweat but the Russians were way too good for that. It was the most exciting thing I've ever watched, including the Olympics!
I'll group the next 2 big events together: the fall of Communism and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Both meant new hope and a new life for the people of these countries. Not sure that it all worked out like it was supposed to for everyone but at least it was a fresh start.
I'll group the next events together, as well. DEATH. It seemed to be everywhere and constant. Pol Pot in Cambodia -from 1975-1979- 1,700,000 dead. Ethiopia from 1975-1978 : 1,500,000 dead. Afghanistan from 1979-1982 :900,000 dead. Rwanda-1974: 800,000 dead. East Timor from 1966-1998: 800,000 dead. Hussein in Iran from 1980-1990 and Kurdistan from 1987-1988: 600,000 dead. Yugoslavia 1945-1987: 570,000 dead. Angola from 1975-2002: 400,000 dead. Taliban in Afghanistan from 1986-2001: 400,000 dead. Idi Amin in Uganda from 1969-1979: 300,000 dead. Pakistan from 1970-1971: 300,000 dead. This is not all, either. The list goes on…and on…So, I hope that explains why DEATH is one of my choices.