Every genocide dehumanizes the people they are trying to control almost as if a way to justify the terrible thing that they do. Each genocide does this in a different but equally horrifying way, in the Cambodian genocide the Khmer Rouge did this by treating the citizens of Cambodia like they were their slaves. Cambodian people would have to work in the rice fields all day with no pay and if you couldn't you were shot and killed. The Khmer Rouge also killed people who stood up for them selves in fear they might start a rebellion. They justified this by calling teachers, disabled people, anyone who could not work, and people who stole food for their family "the enemy". They made Cambodian people build their own and the Khmer Rouge's huts, work in fields with no pay, eat sometimes only one meal a day,and live in fear of being killed by Khmer Rouge or disease.
The quote that made me realize how horrible this genocide truly was, is on page 48 when a Khmer Rouge says to an old man working in the fields "In a bowl of rice nobody misses one grain, Nobody will miss you. Come with me." Later int he book after the Khmer Rouge says this he kills the man when reading this section of the book I truly realized how horrible the Khmer Rouge was and what terrible things they did. They dehumanized people that they lived next to just years before, the Khmer Rouge treated the people of Cambodia like they owned them, and this is just one of the many stages a genocide goes through.