First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung
A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

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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 Loung Ung

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An author, lecturer and activist, Loung Ung has advocated for equality, human rights, and justice in her native land and worldwide for more than fifteen years. Her memoir First They Killed My Father became a national bestseller and was the recipient of the 2001 Asian/Pacific American Librarians' Association award for "Excellence in Adult Non-fiction Literature" (APALA). Her second book, Lucky Child, was published to critical acclaim. Ung has been the subject of numerous television programs and documentary films and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, London Sunday Times, Biography, Glamour, Jane, and Ms. magazines and has made appearances on The Diane Rehm Show, Talk of the Nation, Weekend Edition, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, The Today Show with Matt Lauer, Nightline and other news outlets. Ung lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband Mark Priemer.
 
Published October 12, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 274 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy, War. Non-fiction

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In time, Loung’s father and mother were killed, her older sister and baby sister died of malnutrition and disease, and her older brothers and she were recruited to serve the Khmer Rouge.

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In 1975, Ung, now the national spokesperson for the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World, was the five-year-old child of a large, affluent family living in Phnom Penh, the cosmopolitan Cambodian capital

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During the three years that the Khmer Rouge tried to create an agrarian utopia in Cambodia, two million people are believed to have died from execution, starvation and disease.

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In 1975, Ung, now the national spokesperson for the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World, was the five-year-old child of a large, affluent family living in Phnom Penh, the cosmopolitan Cambodian capital.

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