First They Killed My Father


Loung Ung

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Dysentery is a case of infectious diarrhea, typically spread through ingesting contaminated food or water. It is often accompanied by abdominal pain, rapid weight loss, nausea, and dehydration. Though treatable with modern medicine, severe cases can be deadly, especially for those with compromised immune systems. Keav’s death from dysentery was likely the result of a lack of access to antibiotic or antimicrobial treatments, combined with a weakened state from malnutrition and intense physical labor.
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Dysentery Term Timeline in First They Killed My Father

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Chapter 12: Keav, August 1976
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Ma returns and says Keav has dysentery and will not live through the night. She was so weak she did not recognize... (full context)