A Cambodian general who led the overthrow of the monarchy in 1970 and ruled until the Khmer Rouge takeover in 1975. Pa is conscripted into working as a military police captain for the Lon Nol government, which was viewed by many as deeply autocratic and corrupt.
Lon Nol Term Timeline in First They Killed My Father
The timeline below shows where the term Lon Nol appears in First They Killed My Father. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: The Ung Family, April 1975
Chapter 5: Seven-Day Walk, April 1975
Chapter 6: Krang Truop, April 1975
...villages and increasing peasant support for the Communist Khmer Rouge. Backed by the U.S., general Lon Nol overthrew Prince Sihanouk in 1970, but the Khmer Rouge easily defeated the new, weak government. (full context)
Chapter 10: Ro Labor Camps, January 1976
Chapter 13: Pa, December 1976