First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (Paperback)

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I didn't know a lot about the Khmer Rouge and the Cambodian genocide back in the 70s until I went to Cambodia in 2012. It's not something they taught in school. Over 2 million Cambodians lost their lives at the hands of Pol Pot and his extremist followers.

 

Five-year-old Luong Ung lived a comfortable life in Phnom Penh until the Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing her family out of their home and into horrific work camps reminiscent of Hitler's concentration camps. After she was separated from her family, Loung was trained as a child soldier in a camp for orphans where the extremist soldiers attempted to brainwash her. Her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed.

 

This is a must-read. It is an accurate and powerful account of was like to survive the four years of absolute insanity while Pol Pot reighned Cambodia. It's a quick read and will leave you with a knowledge you didn't know you were missing.

— From Stephanie

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From a childhood survivor of the Camdodian genocide under the regime of Pol Pot, this is a riveting narrative of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her family, and their triumph of spirit.

One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ung's family to flee and, eventually, to disperse. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed.

Harrowing yet hopeful, Loung's powerful story is an unforgettable account of a family shaken and shattered, yet miraculously sustained by courage and love in the face of unspeakable brutality.

 

About the Author


Loung Ung was the National Spokesperson for the “Campaign for a Landmine Free World,” a program of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for co-founding the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Ung lectures extensively, appears regularly in the media, and has made more than thirty trips back to Cambodia. She is also the author of Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind and LuLu in the Sky.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060856267
ISBN-10: 0060856262
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: April 4th, 2006
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: P.S.
 

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