CONTACT: TOM SNEE
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Iowa City IA 52242
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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
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