To the End of Hell
One Woman's Struggle to Survive Cambodia's Khmer RougeBook - 2008
To be permanently hungry and to watch your little eight-year-old girl slowly dying . . . is an unbearable torment.
A French citizen, Denise Affonço, was brought up in Phnom Penh in Cambodia. When the Khmer Rouge seized power in 1975, she was deported with her family to the countryside, where they endured four years of hard labor, famine, sickness, and death. Affonço’s account of these years is remarkably fresh, having been written immediately after her liberation in 1979.
Denise Affonço was a witness at the trial in absentia of Pol Pot and Ieng Sary held in 1979. Ieng Sary is due to be tried by the UN backed tribunal in Cambodia which makes this book especially topical. Denise Affonço lives in Paris but will be touring the USA and Canada to promote her book in March/April 2009.
Blackwell North Amer
In one of the most powerful memoirs of persecution ever written, Denise Affonco recounts how her comfortable life in Phnom Penh was torn apart when the Khmer Rouge seized power in Cambodia in April 1975. As a French citizen, Denise was offered a choice: flee to France with her children or stay in Cambodia with her husband, who did not have a French passport. Denise chose to stay in Cambodia. There, along with millions of fellow citizens, her family was deported to a living hell in the countryside. For almost four years, they endured hard labour, famine, sickness and death.
First written as a testimony of her ordeal just months after her liberation in 1979, Denise Affonco's account is a raw and harrowing tale of survival against terrifying odds.