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As a child growing up in Cambodia, Ronnie Yimsut played among the ruins of the Angkor Wat temples, surrounded by a close-knit community. As the Khmer Rouge gained power and began its genocidal reign of terror, his life became a nightmare. In this stunning memoir, Yimsut describes how, in the wake of death and destruction, he decides to live. Escaping the turmoil of Cambodia, he makes a perilous journey through the jungle into Thailand, only to be sent to a notorious Thai prison. Fortunately, he is able to reach a refugee camp and ultimately migrate to the United States, where he attended the University of Oregon and became an influential leader in the community of Cambodian immigrants. Facing the Khmer Rouge shows Ronnie Yimsut's personal quest to rehabilitate himself, make a new life in America, and then return to Cambodia to help rebuild the land of his birth.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFacing the Khmer Rouge:
Subtitle of host publicationA Cambodian Journey
EditorsRonnie Yimsut
Place of PublicationNew Brunswick NJ USA
PublisherRutgers University Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780813551517
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameGenocide, Political Violence, Human Rights Series
PublisherRutgers University Press

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