‘Witness Jonestown’ painful memorial for Americans

November 11th, 2008 - 6:42 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

Jonestown an unusual series of events which led to 900 deaths that happened almost 3 decades ago.

A true story of Jonestown which has been transformed in to a social documentary `Witness to Jonestown, describing the events led to the deaths of more than 900 people in the middle of a South American jungle. It was aired October 30 and again November 9 on MSNBC.

Jonestown or “Peoples Temple Agricultural Project” was an intentional community in northwestern Guyana formed by the Peoples Temple, led by Jim Jones. It became notorious when 918 people died in the settlement as well as in a nearby airstrip and in Georgetown in November of 1978.

909 of the Temple members died in Jonestown, all but two from apparent cyanide poisoning in an event termed “revolutionary suicide” by Jones and some members on an audio tape of the event and in prior discussions. To the extent the actions in Jonestown were viewed as a mass suicide, it is the largest such event in over 1,900 years of history. The incident at Jonestown was the greatest single loss of American civilian life in a non-natural disaster until the events of September 11, 2001.

The documentary are made with the effort of survivors of Jonestown and the people who went down there for investigations . It is considered to be a fascinating topic, but it’s painful to watch.

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