At every turn I also saw the remnants of a painful past. I spent a hot afternoon walking through the Tuel Sleng Genocide Museum, having my breath taken away as I walked from room to room, each worse than the last. In one section of the former prison, I walked into a hastily made brick cell and felt so instantly claustrophobic I had to run out into the open air.
A Daughter of Cambodia Remembersdetails her experiences in Cambodia from until This is a story of survival: Though these events constitute my own experience, my story mirrors that of millions of Cambodians.
If you had been living in Cambodia during this period, this would be your story too". First They Killed My Father has subsequently been published in twelve countries in nine languages.
Her second memoir, Lucky Child: It covers the period of untiland HarperCollins published it in The family was relatively well-off and owned two cars and a truck, and their house used running water, a flushable toilet, and an iron bathtub. They also had telephones as well as the daily services of a maid, and often enjoyed films at the nearby theater and swimming in the pool at a local club.
By her own account, Loung lived a happy and carefree life in a close-knit loving family, until April 17,when the Khmer Rouge gained control of Cambodia and evacuated Phnom Penh.
The populace of Phnom Penh, estimated at nearly two million people, was forced to evacuate. The Ungs abruptly left their home with what few belongings they could stow in their truck. When the truck ran out of fuel, they gathered the bare essentials that they could carry and began what became a seven-day trek toward Bat Deng in a throng of evacuees, harried by the bullhorns of the soldiers.
Along the way, they stopped at night to sleep in the fields and to search for food. Seng Im Ung, posing as the father of a peasant family, was fortunate to get by a military checkpoint in Kom Baul without being detained; many evacuees who were perceived to be a threat to the new government, because of their previous education or political position, were summarily executed there.
However, this plan was thwarted by the Khmer Rouge soldiers. Instead, the Ung family was taken, along with about other evacuees, to the village of Anglungthmor, where they stayed for five months. During that time, more than half of these new arrivals at Anglungthmor died of starvationfood poisoningor disease.
The Khmer Rouge ordered them taken to Ro Leap, where about sixty other families arrived on the same day. Separation, starvation, and death: Cut off from all outside communication and constantly in fear of soldiers who patrolled the village, the Ungs were forced by the Khmer Rouge to work long hours with very little food.
Near-starvation and physical exhaustion became a way of life. Loung and her brother, eleven-year-old Kim, and her two sisters, nine-year-old Chou and four-year-old Geak, remained in Ro Leap with their mother until May During this time, they avoided starvation with the help of Meng and Khouy, who brought them what little food they could from their work camp, and by Kim, who risked his life late at night by stealing corn from the crops guarded by the soldiers.
In May, agitated by screams in the night and the sudden disappearance of a neighboring family, Ay Ung sent Kim, Chou, and Loung away from Ro Leap with instructions to pretend they were orphans and never to come back. In time, Loung and Chou gained strength with improved food rationing, and in AugustLoung, now seven years old, was assigned to a training camp for child soldiersand was forced to leave her sister Chou behind.Ung was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the sixth of seven children and the third of four girls, to Seng Im Ung and Ay Choung Ung.
Her actual birthdate is unknown: the Khmer Rouge destroyed many of the birth records of the inhabitants of cities in Cambodia. Born in to a middle-class family in Phnom Penh, Ung was only five years old when her family was forced out of the city in a mass evacuation to the countryside.
By , the Khmer Rouge had killed Ung's parents and two of her siblings. Ta Mok is in the back row, second from left between the portraits of Marx and Engels in this pre photo.
Pol Pot stands to the right of Lenin.
** Eldest of seven children. Father, Oung Preak, was monk till age 40, then teacher in Phnom Penh. Mother Ouk Soch, who was part-Chinese. Parents were. From a childhood survivor of Cambodia's brutal Pol Pot regime comes an unforgettable narrative of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her family, and their triumph of spirit.
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