God help us. This is Holocaust literature, no less than Anne Frank's diary. From the initial Khmer Rouge evacuation of Phnom Penh to the fall of Pol Pot's regime, Loung Ung managed to survive it all. Police state tactics- youth brigades, leadership purges, capricious road-side executions... the Cambodian genocide killed about 2 million in 3 years, and this little girl managed not only to take it all in, but to put pen to paper and tell the world. It is something you have to read to really believe.