Alive in the Killing Fields: Surviving the Khmer Rouge Genocide

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40 Years After the Fall of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia Still Grapples With Pol Pot's Brutal Legacy

Rate this:. Alive in the Killing Fields is the real-life memoir of Nawuth Keat, a man who survived the horrors of war-torn Cambodia. He has now broken a longtime silence in the hope that telling the truth about what happened to his people and his country will spare future generations from similar tragedy. In this captivating memoir, a young Nawuth defies the odds and survives the invasion of his homeland by the Khmer Rouge.

Under the brutal reign of the dictator Pol Pot, he loses his parents, young sister, and other members of his family. After his hometown of Salatrave was overrun, Nawuth and his remaining relatives are eventually captured and enslaved by Khmer Rouge fighters.

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They endure physical abuse, hunger, and inhumane living conditions. But through it all, their sense of family holds them together, giving them the strength to persevere through a time when any assertion of identity is punishable by death. Nawuth's story of survival and escape from the Killing Fields of Cambodia is also a message of hope; an inspiration to children whose worlds have been darkened by hardship and separation from loved ones.

This story provides a timeless lesson in the value of human dignity and freedom for readers of all ages. ISBN: X Branch Call Number: YA This story provides a timeless lesson in the value of human dignity and freedom for readers of all ages. Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

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My Survival in the Killing Fields. Mao Sim. Dith Pran. Elizabeth Becker. After savagely murdering most of his family, they shot him three times and left him for dead. Miraculously, he survived, only to spend the next few years fighting for his life and running from the Khmer Rouge along with his remaining family members. Eventually, he and his siblings made their way to a refugee camp where his older sister bought his freedom. In this memoir, written with the assistance of his college professor, Keat paints a poignant portrait of life as a child in Cambodia in the s.

His skills, cunning, and sheer will to survive enabled him to endure devastating occurrences and difficult living conditions. The story is not for the faint of heart, as suffering torture at the hands of soldiers, subsisting solely off of rice chaff, and being forced to sleep among human remains are only some of the atrocities he suffered. Keat's story is compelling and concise, and readers will find themselves invested in his eventual escape. We started reading National Geographic Kids books when he was about six he's nine now and I can honestly say that these books have been instrumental in teaching him to read.

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Please try again later. Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase. I honestly cried the very first chapter. This book is so moving, and have shared it with many people. I had to read a genocide book for a college course and just chose this book. If you are learning about the Cambodian Genocide or interested in it read this authors account. Very sad, but hopeful. Definitely Recommended. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Nawuth is a friend of mine. I absolutely admire his strength and courage to revisit these times so that we all have the opportunity to see the evil that was Southeast Asia.

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Kendall has written several nonfiction books for children including National Geographic's The Erie Canal. Kendall attended the Eastman School of Music, where she studied the cello. She sings and plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar, penny whistle, and bass.

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