Independent Reading Project- First they killed my father

Independent Reading Project- First they killed my father

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  • We have to leave
  • When loung returns home, her family is frantically packing, and Ma snaps at her to eat because they have a long journey ahead. Loung reluctantly does so. Upon Ma’s instructions, Loung changes her clothes, and then walks toward the family Mazda. The family drives off through the crowded streets of the city.
  • Ma... Pa Where are we going?
  • We have to leave the city for a little while it isnt safe here
  •  Pa says they must pretend to be peasants, and that only he should speak. After many hours the Ungs reach the soldiers. Pa says he works and in a shipping port and Ma says she sells clothes at the market. A soldier digs through all their bags and then clears them to go.
  • SHipping Port Sell clothes in the market
  • Where do you work?
  • Why would you throw that at her she couldve gone blind!!
  • When the weaker Chou finally pushes back Loung charges at her. Ma throws a coconut shell at Loung to stop her it hits her head and makes her bleed. Ma immediately grows worried and begins to cry. Loung has never seen Pa angry, but now he scolds Ma saying she could have blinded her, and that a blind child could never survive in the village.
  •  Ma gathers the children to say they must split up and leave her if they are to survive. Because Geak is only four, she must stay with Ma. The three others will walk in different directions until they reach work camps, where they will say they are orphans and give new names. 
  • You all have to leave and split up its the only way you will survive
  • Ma please let me stay
  • When the bombing and gunfire stop, the siblings find their foster family near the Youn camp. Their second foster father says the Youns have taken back the village, but the Khmer Rouge left a horrific scene behind.
  • We got the city back but the Khmer Rouge left a horrible sight
  • Meng and Loung pass through Phnom Penh, where the streets are full of holes and many buildings have been destroyed. Tents are all over the city now, as many farmers have had to leave the countryside because it is full of landmines. Meng says he will take Loung to see their old apartment
  • Lounge  Igonna take you to our old apartment
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