If I step in the rice field and fall down once, just once, you will never get up.
— Arn Chorn-Pond

A new novel for teens tells one survivor's story

Arn Chorn-Pond was only a child when the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia. Sent to the labor camps, he survived by learning how to play revolutionary songs on his flute. But he watched as those around him were murdered or starved to death. Now in his mid 40s, Arn is sharing his story with a new audience: he’s the main subject of a new American novel for young adults.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia