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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.


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First They Killed My Father
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Reality Check
February 5th, 2015
This story is of one girl and her family in a terrible time of the Pol Pot regime. It is a very good read and will have you thanking the moon and stars that you are doing well. Do you have memories of your 5-10 years of age? If ya think you were given a smelly start in life, think again.
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First They Killed My Father
September 10th, 2014
Riveting. Grab some tissue and read.
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Livro maravilhoso
April 8th, 2014
Incrível como sabemos pouco sobre o que acontece no mundo. Obrigada Loung por compartilhar suas memórias tão marcantes com a gente, e nos ensinar um pouco mais sobre o que é sobreviver.
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Excellent Book
August 6th, 2013
Despite a lot of tears I could not put this book down. Truely one of the most harrowing but powerfully inspiring books.
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