First They Killed My Father
A Daughter of Cambodia RemembersBook - 2000
Chronicles the brutality of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, from the author's forced "evacuation" of Phnom Penh in 1975 to her family's subsequent movements from town to town and eventual separation.
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.
The stirring true story of a girl who survived the brutality of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia retraces her steps from the forced "evacuation" of Phnom Penh in 1975 when she was a girl of five, to her family's subsequent movements from town to town and eventual separation, which resulted in her parents' deaths and her being trained as a child soldier.