The Khmer Rouge. Essay

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The Khmer Rouge is a radical group that over took the lands and people of Cambodia, from 1975-1979. For the four years of the Khmer Rouge occupation, they killed and tortured innocent men, women, and children, in their work camps. Loung Ung and her family were just one of the millions of families torn apart in their work camps. Only Loung her three brothers and one of her sisters made it to the overthrow of the Khmer Rouge. (Encyclopedia Cambodia)Loung Ung is one of the seven children in the Ung family. She was born in 1970 in the town of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She is the sixth of the seven kids. Loung has one younger sister name Geak and two older sisters named Chou and Keav. She also has three older brothers Meng, who is the oldest, Khoy and Kim. Her mother is, Ay Chung, and her father is, Sem Im. Ay Chung Ung, also knows as Ma, has two brothers Heang, Leang, and a sister in law whose name is Keang. These are Loung's aunt and uncles who she is very close to. They try and help out the family during the take over of Cambodia. (Ung, Loung 1-4)In the first five years of Loung's life she got to do what every normal five year old kid gets to do. She would go into town and eat breakfast with her ma and pa before her pa would have to go off to work. (Ung, Loung 1-7) She enjoyed playing games with her friends and going to market with her ma. She had no clue, but on April 17, 1975 her life was going to change form what every kid wants to what no kid should ever have to go through. On April 17 truck loads of men wearing black outfits and red sashes came into the town of Phnom Penh. When her pa told her to come in side a pack all the things she had and that they were leaving she knew something was wrong. (Ung, Loung 18-27) She later figured out from her older brother that it was the Khmer Rouge who had come into there town. The whole town of Phnom Penh was evacuated and ordered to walk until they were told to stop. Since the Ungs were wealthier than others they had a truck that the family piled into and started off for Loung's aunt and uncle's house. When they got to the house they were forced to leave by the Khmer soldiers and walk the "Seven-Day Walk" (Ung, Loung 28) like the rest of the Cambodians. After about seven and a half days of walking and hardly any food or rest, they finally made it to the destination that the soldiers took them to. Anlungthmor was the camp that all the different families were taken to. As soon as they arrived the soldiers burned all there clothes and gave them the same black outfits and red sash that they were wearing. Loung's older brothers, sister, and ma and pa were sent to work long days in the fields. They were given small rations of food each night that was not enough for even little Geak who was only three years old. Day by Day Loung and her family began growing sick and extremely under weight, Keav Loung's sister died because of lack of food and too much work in the hot sun. ( Ung, Loung 50-93) One night after dinner...

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