Memoir of a Thirteen-Year-Old Girl

Surviving the Cambodian Genocide

Short Hair Detention is my personal memoir of surviving the Cambodian genocide (1975 -1979). My story begins when the Communists took over, progresses through multiple escape attempts and concludes with how freedom was regained. The book reveals intimate details of how I learned to survive year-round unforgiving conditions and the many agonizing moments including when the Khmer Rouge separated me from my parents.

Throughout the horrific journey, I experienced constant reminders to keep faith in God and to not lose hope that my family would somehow be able to survive.