I’d like to recommend this illustrated memoir by Sam Sotha.
On April 17, 1975 Sam Sotha and his wife Sony, along with thousands of others,
were forced by the Khmer Rouge to leave Phnom Penh. Shot, tortured, starved was
the fate of many Cambodians during the Khmer Rouge years. Millions died. Sam
Sotha’s diary and drawings record their four-year journey through the killing
This highly moving personal story describes Sam's and Sony's
ordeal and how during the course of their struggle, they found strength in their
As they crossed Cambodia from one prison camp to
another, the spiritual bond strengthened between husband and wife. That bond
guided Sam and Sony through the darkest moments, when it seemed only a miracle
could save them from certain death.
The hand drawn illustrations from
the days when Sam and his family were in a refugee camp along the Thai-Khmer
border is worth the cost of the book.
Next Week I will fly to Phnom Penh
for the launch of the book.
In the Shade of A
Quiet Killing Place cost $19.95 plus shipping.