It was a time of bullets, bombs, and bloodshed . . .
And for Anita S. Yann, it was childhood. Living in Cambodia during the brutal civil war, Anita and her family eked out an existence in extreme poverty while enduring catastrophic illness and the devastating death of her brother.
Then things got worse.
When the Khmer Rouge embarked on a campaign of genocide, young Anita was ripped away from her family and forced to work in deplorable conditions, risking her life to scavenge for food in a desperate attempt to survive. Though the Khmer Rouge stripped the Yann family of their home, their possessions, and even each other, the regime would never have the power to destroy their everlasting love and devotion. Through years of starvation and separation, Anita and her family never gave up hope that they would one day be reunited and build a better life in a new world.
Anita’s compelling memoir is a powerful, haunting, and ultimately hopeful story that proves how right her father was when he promised his children that something good always comes.
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Anita Yann was born as Savorn Yann in about the late 60s in the countryside of Battambang, Cambodia. We say “about” because her family had no clocks or calendars or anything even remotely similar, so none of them knew when they were born or even what a birthday was. No celebrations, no age, no clue. Some people in the cities had birth dates and birthdays to celebrate every year, but Anita didn’t.
Anita and her family of nine siblings and her parents survived by hunting for food and water and dodging bombs from the Cambodian civil war. Just when they thought it could not possibly get any worse, the Khmer Rouge arrived, and their lives changed dramatically as the family was separated.
Anita endured hardships that are difficult to even imagine. She not only survived but found her way to a life that she could only dream of as a child—a life where she is loved and safe and at peace in the United States of America.
Anita now lives in Nisswa, Minnesota with her husband and two sons. She is extremely grateful to her new country and to her father who always promised that something good would come.
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Descrizione libro Silk Pages Publishing, 2014. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0964581531