When she had to grow up drastically, this

When looking for articles on the author, Loung Ung, I first started with Gale. This source allowed me to confirm its credibility, while also gaining the information that I needed. I found it both interesting and alarming when only a few articles came up. The one I chose was the best fit for the information I was trying to gather.Loung Ung is the author of the thrilling novel, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, which is written as her autobiography. Ung was born April 17,1970 to Seng Im Ung and Ay Choung Ung in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She was raised in a middle class family of both Chinese and Cambodian heritage. Throughout the article it refers to her family, which consisted of her six siblings between the ages on three and eighteen. When Loung Ung turned five, she had to grow up drastically, this was the year that the Cambodian Communist Army, Khmer Rouge arrived to terrorize the city of Phnom Penh. The reasoning for their arrival was for his “…intent on its program of ethnic cleansing.” The next years consisted of terrorization, hunger, and fear. At the raw age of five her world was changed with death of family members and lessons learned being surrounded in an environment that consisted of pure evil and hatred. One year into their new agonizing reality, Ung now had to endure the death of her fifteen year old sister as a result of food poisoning. Not long after the death of one family member, the Khmer Rouge suddenly recognized Ung’s father, he was taken away never to be seen again. Throughout the family’s fight for survival, Ung not only was submerged in this unfamiliar world of hate, but was also put through further pain of more losses in her family that was abruptly made to five. Later, her two older brothers disappeared simultaneously. This left Ung’s mother with the youngest four. Not long after, in 1977, Ung’s mother made the decision to send them away, hoping to save them. Ung’s mother strategized this, thinking that if they were away as orphans, they would have a better chance of survival, not fully knowing the purpose of these orphan camps. The camps that he and her sisters were sent away to were made to have children be used as combatants in the return for food. Ung’s skills were strong, at only eight years old, “Ung was taught to kill and, at one point, had to fight off an attempted rape.” Eventually, she learned that both her mother and youngest sister were murdered. Ung’s life seemed to be a constant tragedy, suffering so much, at so young, that was until the Vietnamese came to Cambodia. The Vietnamese rescued many of the survivors out of the country. Ung was then taken to a refugee camp in Thailand, it was there where she was reunited with the rest of her family that was left. Her brother and his wife, along with herself were blessed by a charitable organization and were brought to a new home in Vermont. Ung decided to finish her college career fifteen years later after the escape from Cambodia. She eventually returned to her hometown only to discover that thirty members of her relatives had been executed during the genocide in Cambodia. After the visit to the land that once was her home, her memories were haunting, she decided to write her novel, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, to help cope with the tragedy she faced. This novel propelled her into success that led her to win the first Asian/Pacific American Librarians’ Association Award for nonfiction literature in June of 2001.

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