After They Killed Our Father : A Refugee from the Killing Fields Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind
by Loung Ung
Editor: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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In 1980, at the age of ten, Loung Ung escaped a devastated Cambodia and flew to the United States as a refugee.She and her older brother, with whom she escaped, left behind their three surviving siblings, and her book is in turn heartbreaking and heart warming, where we follow the parallel lives of Loung and her closest sister, Chou, during the 15 years it took them to be reunitedTheir two very different worlds, and Loung’s representation of the contrast between her life in the wealthy West and that of her sister, who sailed her way through the mines dotted with fields and survived raids by the Khmer Rouge, is laced with the sense of guilt she feels about being the lucky oneThis powerful story helps us understand what happens when a family is torn apart by politics, adversity and war.It is also the fascinating and inspiring story of a remarkable woman
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