Paine digs deep to re­veal the sea

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS - By Leak­ena Dixon as told to Al­wyn and Lau­rie Lewis Forty South Pub­lish­ing RRP $ 29.95

TAS­MA­NIA, even from the other side of the world, ap­peared and be­came a par­adise for a sur­vivor of Pol Pot’s killing fields in Cam­bo­dia.

Leak­ena Dixon, now liv­ing in north­ern Tas­ma­nia, was about five when Pol Pot’s soldiers came to her vil­lage and turned her fam­ily’s life upside down.

In her book Sur­viv­ing the Killing Fields: Pol Pot stole my child­hood – Dixon retells her coura­geous story to Devon­port cou­ple Al­wyn and Lau­rie Lewis.

The first- per­son ac­count of the hor­rors the Kh­mer Rouge in­flicted upon their own people is be­yond be­lief for most Aus­tralians.

Dixon’s grip­ping ac­count is a stark re­al­i­sa­tion of how quickly a happy fam­ily life can be turned into a nightmare.


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