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. Teenaged Ronnie was
left orphaned, literally buried under the bodies of his family and
friends. 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, another frightening journey to the unknown. Yet he
prevailed, attending the University of Oregon and becoming 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.
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