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Release: Nov. 6, 2002

Note: This release has been corrected.

Loung Ung, author of 'First They Killed My Father,' to speak at UI

Loung Ung, author of "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers," this year's selection of the "All Johnson County Reads the Same Book" project, will present a public lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 pm, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The event is free and open to the public. The University of Iowa Lecture Committee, in conjunction with the UI Center for Human Rights, is sponsoring the lecture.

Ung will address many of the themes detailed in her memoir, including the horrors that she and her family suffered under the Pol Pot regime of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia which, through starvation, disease, forced labor, torture, disappearance and execution, systematically killed an estimated 2 million Cambodians between 1975-1979. Almost one-fourth of the entire Cambodian population -- men, women and children -- died.

Ung is expected to speak on the subject of land mines in Cambodia, a country where one of every 245 people in the population is an amputee. Now a resident of Cleveland, Ohio, Ung is presently National Spokesperson for the Campaign for a Landmine Free World, a program of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation.

As with all university events, individuals with special accommodations are encouraged to attend, people seeking such accommodation can contact the UI Lecture Committee.