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Spare Them? No Profit. Remove Them? No Loss.

When the cities of Cambodia are evacuated in 1975, Chhav Ou is forced to keep his family, including his teenage son Chhalith, anonymous. If the Khmer Rouge discovers that Chhav Ou worked for the Americans at one time, all the family members will be murdered. Trapped in Battambang Province in northwest Cambodia, the family must become nobody at all. In the extraordinary memoir Spare Them? No Profit. Remove Them? No Loss, Chhalith Ou tells the story of how, at age thirteen, he is separated from his parents after the Khmer Rouge invades his city, and spends much of the next few years in the deepest part of the jungle where he clears land, harvests bamboo, and gathers rocks. While avoiding starvation by trapping animals and treating poisonous plants to make them edible, Ou must become a leader of men much older than he. Meanwhile, Chhalith s parents, Chhav and Chanthorn, are laying the groundwork for one of the most harrowing escapes ever recorded. In this first-person account that provides a compelling glimpse into what it was like to live under Cambodia s Khmer Rouge regime, Chhalith reveals the incredible bravery, inner strength, and perseverance it took to survive, despite insurmountable odds."
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Chhalith Ou was twelve years old when the Communists came into power in Cambodia. In 1979, Ou spent a year at the Khao-i-Dang Holding Center in Thailand before immigrating with his family to the United States. He is married with two sons and lives and works in the Chicago area. Retired marketing manager R. Z. Halleson is a graduate of The Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern University. She headed the team at Northminster Presbyterian Church, Evanston, Illinois, that sponsored and helped resettle more than a hundred refugees from the Vietnam War. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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