First They Killed My Father-Young Ung

First They Killed My Father-Young Ung

One of the things i said i would do was to write some thoughts i have on the various books that i have read.
I recently finished reading this one.

It is about a family’s life during the Khmer Rouge regime, as told by a young daughter, from April 1975 up until January 1980 when she is able to leave Cambodia.

It is well written in a style that makes you feel like you are right there with her.
This book brought to my mind the many other human rights abuses that history has forgotten: Armenian Genocide 1915-1918 which happened in Turkey, Mau Mau 1950s (they recently got a promise of compensation from the UK govt), Rwanda Genocide April 1964, The Holocaust, Belgian Congo 1886-1908, Uganda under Idi Amin 1969-1979, Yugoslavia 1992-1999…the list is endless..

I wrote this as an ode to all who suffered through some incredibly horribe horrible and inhumane conditions.

We remember you.
We will never forget you.
Your memory lives on.


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