19 May 2013

Cambodia: This Day in History

19th May, 1925

Saloth Sar, alias Pol Pot, alias Brother Number One, was born on this day in Prek Sbauv, a small village on the East bank of the River Sen.

There is some debate as to his true birthday; most sources give the above date but  biographer Philip Short puts it sometime in March, 1925, and his birth was officially, but falsely, registered by his family as May 19th, 1928.*

*There was nothing unusual about the false registration of the birth as Cambodians often changed (and still do) the date of birth of a child so that they can comply with school entrance requirements.

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