STORY OF MY LIFE, THE, $?, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 20 pgs.

Written straight from the life of Aki Ra, a former child soldier for the Khmer Rouge, this zine is a short but concise glimpse into the history of Cambodia, and the violence and wars the nation has endured. At only five, Aki Ra experienced life as a boy soldier. By ten, he was given his first gun and taught to kill. Throughout his life he was moved from army to army, fighting for different reasons unending. Finally, as a teen, the United Nations came to Cambodia to clear land mines and recruited locals to assist them. Aki Ra joined, and after the United Nations left, he was inspired to continue dismantling and removing land mines. He has since opened a land mine museum to show tourists and locals alike the recent history of Cambodia, and to hopefully teach and inspire others to join him in helping clear land mines from his nation. –Tricia Ramos (The Story of My Life, [email protected])