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First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (P.S.) Paperback – April 4, 2006
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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.
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I suppose my only hope or request would be for a follow-up memoir to describe how she acclimated to life in the United States, to talk about her return to Cambodia and her experiences reuniting with her surviving family members, and of her efforts to eradicate landmines around the world.
The book was written from a child's perspective and I found it to be very insightful. It was also a history lesson. Although I was a teenager while so many were suffering, I just did not understand the magnitude until reading this story.
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