Born to an affluent Cambodian father and Chinese mother, Loung Ung was only five years old when the Khmer Rouge stormed her native city of Phnom Penh, torturing and killing fellow Cambodians suspected of being enemies of the communist tyrant, Pol Pot. Over the next ten years, it has been estimated that more than 3-million of Cambodia’s 7-million people were brutally murdered in what is now referred to as the Killing Fields.
Loung Ung survived the slaughter and has gone on to become an author, lecturer, and activist to promote equality, human rights, and justice in her home country and worldwide. She is the featured speaker at the College of Southern Idaho’s next Eagle View Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6 in the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium. Admission is free of charge.
Ung’s memoirs have been published in three best-selling books; ‘First, They Killed My Father,’ ‘Lucky Child,’ and ‘Lulu in the Sky.’ The World Economic Forum selected her as one of ‘100 Global Youth Leaders of Tomorrow.’ She has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA today, London Sunday Times, and many radio and television programs. She shares her messages of activism and peace at schools, universities, and other forums throughout the United States and abroad.
The CSI Diversity Council is also hosting four showings of the documentary ‘Enemies of the People,’ which is recommended viewing for anyone wishing to attend the Eagle View Lecture in March. The film details not only the atrocities that occurred in Cambodia but, for the first time, explains why they happened. The filmmaker, Thet Sambath, also lost his family in the Killing Fields and eventually gained access to Brother Number Two, the Khmer Rouge ideological leader, to find out why he and Pol Pot decided that so many people had to be eliminated.
‘Enemies of the People’ will be shown free of charge at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19; 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27; and 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 in the CSI Fine Arts Recital Hall.