15 Sep 2007

Khmer Rouge

I've read the book..."First they killed my father..." A VERY upsetting book, but fantastic narration...follow my links to read more about the book. I'm now busy with "Lucky child..."

Last night there was on CNN a very interesting program on TV and that inspired me to post this on my blog...

Lung Ung
Until the age of five, Loung Ung lived in Phnom Penh, one of seven children of a high-ranking government official. She was a precocious child who loved the open city markets, fried crickets, chicken fights, and sassing her parents. When Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into Phnom Penh in April 1975, Ung's family was forced to flee their home and hide their previous life of privilege. Eventually, they dispersed in order to survive. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans while her other siblings were sent to labor camps. Only after the Vietnamese destroyed the Khmer Rouge were Loung and her surviving siblings slowly reunited.

Loung Ung is a national spokesperson for the Campaign for a Landmine Free World, a program of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. She is the author of Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind, and she lives with her husband in Ohio.

Read more ....HEREabout Ung's memories of the war.

First they killed my fater and Lucky child

Khmer Rouge on trial, CNN.

Read HERE about the author.


  1. Angelle15.9.07

    Does this ever bring back memories. I was in Cambodia before that April of '75, and there was already too much mass murder and mayhem. It was a dreadful time, but there were some children and orphans our team managed to rescue and get to safety.

    Khmer Rouge: I knew them and they knew me, and there was nothing but darkness between us. They worked to kill, steal and destroy...I worked to save life, life they thought should not exist on the same planet with them. It was an evil time, but a time of living in the grace of God Who helped us get the mission done in that terrible, dreadful killing field.

  2. Hi Angelle...hope i didn't upset you...wasn't my intention at all...didn't know you were there! It is very upsetting how these people operated and what they did! Most horrible things I know of!

  3. Angelle17.9.07

    Hi there, Kirsty

    No apology needed. You didn't upset me with this post. Rather, I was glad to read it. I am very glad for some exposure on this subject. I do get upset when I think of the darkest evils of these kinds of people and what they do without conscience, but awareness is needed also.