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First They Killed My Father

Loung Ung

First They Killed My Father

by Loung Ung

First They Killed My Father

Loung Ung

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First They Killed My Father is Loung Ung's account of the horrific events that she and her family had to go through while living in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. She explains how it devastated their country, separated their family, and how Loung got through it all.

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First They Killed My Father

by Loung Ung

First They Killed My Father

Loung Ung

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Only a little more than forty years ago, the country of Cambodia was overtaken by the brutal Khmer Rouge. In just four years, this regime led to a genocide of up to two million Cambodians. But we may never know the true extent of their crimes.

In the first-hand account of Loung Ung in her book First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, we get an intimate glimpse of what it was like to live through the Khmer Rouge. Loung was only five years old when Pol Pot and his regime took over the country, but her description of the war crimes and desperation that she witnessed will make you feel like you are witnessing history beside her.

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"I think how the world is still somehow beautiful, even when I feel no joy at being alive within it."

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