First They Killed My Father

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First They Killed My Father Essay The book First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung takes place in Cambodia during the Cambodian Genocide. The Cambodian Genocide is the action of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, who killed many people based on ethnicityt. The main character, Loung Ung, lives in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. On April 17, 1975, the Khmer Rouge takes over Phnom Penh forcing Loung and her family to flee the capital. Loung's three older siblings are forced to go work at different labor camps, separate from the rest of the family. In the labor camps, they are forced to work very hard but are fed very little. In the memoir, First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung, the author demonstrates how the Khmer Rouge uses techniques …show more content…
Loung is now eight and the Youns have invaded Cambodia, overthrowing the power of the Khmer Rouge. Loung lives with her brother, Kim, and her sister, Chou, at a foster family's house. Geak, Keav, Ma, and Pa have all been killed by the Khmer Rouge. Loung struggles with the anger that remains inside her, even if the Khmer Rouge doesn't control her now. She states,"I have lived with the family for a whole month now, and the longer I am with them the more my hatred grows."(Ung 184) This show that her experience with the Khmer Rouge was so bad and so torturous that her hate still consumes her, even when she is freed from the Khmer Rouge. The torture of starvation to the line of almost death was horrible and she still feels its effects. In addition, she has to live without family members who she loves because they were taken and killed by the Khmer Rouge and then thrown away. The Khmer Rouge tortured the people of Cambodia, but the torture didn't stop when they lose power.

In the memoir, First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung, the author demonstrates how the Khmer Rouge used techniques of torturer in order to force anger and fear into families. The families became broken and the kids that were left had to live without parents in their life's. Loung Ung had use their experience and showed how events like this are hard to forget because of the torture her family, Cambodia, and she went

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