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Shaving for the King Father

The whole nation was shocked after getting the news that the King Father Norodom Sihanouk died at the age of 89.

Large amounts of young people showed their respect with sadness and tears, feeling a great sense of loss. Some of them shaved their hair to mourn and express their love and thanks for what they consider the hero of Cambodia.

Mean Pichdabisa, 16, was one of the youngester who shaved his hair to pay respects in front of the Royal Palace and wish the King Father to rest in peace.

“I shaved my hair for the former king because he is my hero, who loved the nation as well as bringing independence to Cambodia,” he said.

According to Pichdabisa, the King Father had achieved a lot for the country.

Pichdabisa said that he felt very sad for the loss of a great man.

For him, the former king always protected the country and loved all Cambodians, the old, young, rich or poor, without any discrimination.

“Those are the reasons why every citizen loved him and why I am happy to shave my hair,” he said.

After shaving his hair for the King Father, Pichdabisa never felt embarrassed.

He actually received admiration from his parents, friends and teachers as his gesture was a good way to respect the King.

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