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First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers Paperback – 17 Sep 2001
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This is a first hand experience seen through the eyes of a five year old girl, who was witness to the dreadful things that were perpetrated by this cruel regime. This is a book well worth reading, letting you know what other people have to endure in other countries while we sit on our comfortable homes.
Eventually, as refugees, Luong and her brother reached safety and a new life in the United States, although most of her family had to remain behind - reading this will open anyone's eyes to the plight of people desperate to get away from war and from the loss of everything they once knew and loved.
This is a very emotional, painful book to read, and I am very glad I can only imagine what it must have been like in those times. Luong Ung is a remarkable author, a true survivor from utter horror, and an inspiration
This is a story of war, a story of starvation, a story of suffering, but above all a story of a family! A daughter's story of her family and her love for her father, for her mother and for her siblings.
I thank the author for reminding me how the people we love matter more than anything else.
I highly recommend this book!
It's harrowing in parts, grim in others and will raise a lump in the most hardened of throats. It also helped me understand the Khmer people a bit better whilst I was there.
If you've visited the country then you'll understand what I mean when I say they are kind, brilliant, sassy and generous but there's an underlying distrust and sadness too. It's said that the entire population suffers from PSTD, even those born after the Khmer Rouge. I can believe it. It started with the Khmer Rouge and the same rhetoric (that you will read in the book) is being spouted now by those battling to take control of Cambodia once again. The trials are still ongoing. The Government is still corrupt. It is far from over for Cambodia.
A must read for anyone visiting Cambodia. And for anyone else who wants to 'remember'.
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