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Author's Forum Presents: First They Killed My Father: A Lecture and Q & A with Loung Ung

Friday, March 14, 2014
12:00 AM
Michigan Union, 530 S. State, Ann Arbor

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.

Presented in conjunction with the U-M student group Human Rights Through Education, which works to promote awareness of local and international human rights issues through a variety of events and channels, seeks to foster future activism, and to support and expand the current interests of student activists.

Speaker:
Loung Ung