Siv Ashley started her life as a normal child in an average, happy family in Cambodia. She was surrounded by loving family members. On April 16, 1975, everything changed. Red soldiers evacuated her family with thousands of Cambodians and marched them to work camps to work in the government's rice fields. Children worked 12-plus-hour days. They were fed only rice in water and were nearly starved to death.
Siv witnessed Red soldiers kill countless children and adults. For four long years, she faced the possibility of imminent death daily.
Siv's father clung to faith and-no matter what happened-reminded her, "God is always with you, if you believe it with all your heart. Believe and you will go to a place called America one day." Siv's enduring faith and prayers helped her survive against all odds. From heartbreak and loneliness to hopefulness, Siv's story is compelling. Today she shares her story of faith and survival in her new home in America.
|Publisher:||Paws and Claws Publishing, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I got a lot from this book. 'Survival' is, first, coherently written, with a simple, straightforward format that gets the facts across. The author's tone is similarly sober and unembelished, and shows a candid authenticity. The included pictures are illustrative and appropriate. Personally, I found the book easy to read and comprehend. And, finally, the text just works, telling Mrs. Ashley's story as advertised. Some readers might be put off by the religious views threading the text; but, regardless, the book remains inspiring, insightful, and educational, whatever the reader's beliefs. Thus, from a literary standpoint, 'Survival' is solid and functional, in my opinion. As for the content itself, it is unexpectedly substantial, not only detailing the author's exceptional trials and triumphs in escaping a war-torn Cambodia, but providing an equally valuable historical portrait of the country's Khmer Rouge epoch, as seen from a rare "on-the-ground" perspective, that of a young child suffering the worst of the regime's consequences as they trickled down into the social strata. Plus, the book provides some good, general background on Cambodian culture and that of the region at large, enhancing the read even more. In the end, there is much to be learned from all aspects of 'Survival,' from the intellectual to the human to the spiritual. My sincere thanks goes out to this book's author, subjects, and publisher. I am grateful for, and have benefited from, your work. * * * Two notable quotes from 'A Teenager's Survival': "The Khmer Rouge government called us _Angkar_ or 'The Organization.' They wanted to provide for all of our needs. That way, the people would have to totally rely on the government. It was a method of control." -- p.54 "Through the interpreter, [the former Red Army soldier] asked me to forgive him. Again I was utterly shocked. There was another strained moment of silence. Then I told him that I had forgiven everyone who was involved for their actions -- even those soldiers who had murdered many people including my family." -- p.134
Excellent reading. Truly a miracle of survival and encouragement!