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The story First They Killed My Father is a passionate and tear-jerking account by Loung Ung, one of the survivors of the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields. Loung, now an adult, retraces her childhood journey and mainly focuses on the ages between five and nine. She starts the story with her happy life in Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital city, as a child of a well-to-do family. Her father is an employee of the Cambodian government, and thus her family is able to enjoy all the good things in life, including plenty of food, enrollment in quality schools, and nice clothes. However, all this comes to an abrupt end when the Khmer Rouge assumes control of the country. It was because of this new development that Loung decided to write a memoir explaining how the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia and killed nearly half of the nation’s population.

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