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December 31, 2012

Dear friends,

Vann Nath Tribute at Bophana Center The Vann Nath Friends Circle and Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center are happy to invite you to the Opening Ceremony of "Vann Nath Tribute", an exhibition of works by various Cambodian and international artists who have been touched in one way or another by the artist Vann Nath. Please find all essential information in the attached flyer.

All are welcome!


Chers amis,

Le Cercle des Amis de Vann Nath et le Centre de ressources audiovisuelles Bophana ont le plaisir de vous inviter au vernissage de "Hommage à Vann Nath", une exposition d'oeuvres créées par divers artistes cambodgiens et internationaux qui ont été touchés de près ou de loin par l'artiste Vann Nath. Veuillez trouver les détails de l'événement dans l'invitation en pièce jointe.

Nous espérons vous y voir en grand nombre!

 

December 17, 2012

Dear Friends,

We are organizing an exhibition honoring Vann Nath at the Bophana Center (Phnom Penh) from January 12 to February 12, 2013. The exhibition will feature artworks from various Cambodian and international artists as well as testimonies, texts and articles.

We will seize this occasion to release an exhibition catalogue and therefore are launching a subscription to fund its publishing. The first 100 copies of the catalogue will be signed by an exhibiting artist and will be reserved in priority for subscribers.

Every subscriber will also have his/her name printed in catalogue.
The subscription cost for one copy of the catalogue is 50 U.S. Dollars (or 42 Euros).

You can make your payment via PayPal, using the yellow button on the right column of our blog: http://lecercledesamisdevannnath.blogspot.com

Or transfer money to following bank account:

ASSOCIATION LE CERCLE DES AMIS DE VANN NATH
RIB 30004 00821 00010261089 32 BNP PARIBAS PARIS TERNES
IBAN : FR76 3000 4008 2100 0102 6108 932
BIC : BNPARFPPPTE

If you are in Phnom Penh, you can also contact our president Yvon Chalm (tel : 0977 40 80 80 – archicambodia@gmail.com)

Thank you for your contribution!

September 05, 2011

Dear friends,

Vann Nath is still in a coma. The family wishes to continue to provide the current medical assistance. The cost averages $ 300 per day. In this difficult time, the family needs your financial support and your solidarity.

For those who live in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, you can bring your donations in a sealed envelope in the name of Vann Nath at the reception of Bophana Center (64 Street 200, Phnom Penh). It will be delivered directly to Vann Nath's wife on the day of your deposit.

For donations from abroad, thank you to contact the Cercle des amis de Vann Nath in France at the following address:
Donation through Paypal : click the yellow button in the right column of the blog http://lecercledesamisdevannnath.blogspot.com
To send a check:
Le Cercle des Amis de Vann Nath
c/o Marie-Sophie Ly
18 rue Emilio Castelar
75012 Paris
FRANCE

To make a transfer:
ASSOCIATION LE CERCLE DES AMIS DE VANN NATH
RIB 30004 00821 00010261089 32 BNP PARIBAS PARIS TERNES
IBAN : FR76 3000 4008 2100 0102 6108 932
BIC : BNPAFRPPPTE
Thank you in advance for your help. Please forward this mail to all those who know and esteem Vann Nath.
Sincerely,
Rithy Panh


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Chers amis,

Vann Nath est malheureusement toujours plongé dans le coma. La famille souhaite continuer à assurer le dispositif médical actuel. Le coût est en moyenne de 300$ par jour. Dans ce moment difficile, elle a besoin de votre soutien financier et de votre solidarité.

Pour ceux qui résident à Phnom Penh, ou au Cambodge, vous pouvez déposer vos dons sous enveloppe fermée au nom de Vann Nath à l'accueil du centre Bophana (64, rue 200, Phnom Penh). Elle sera remise directement à la femme de Vann Nath le jour même de votre dépôt.

Pour les dons en provenance de l'étranger, merci de vous adresser au Cercle des amis de Vann Nath en France à l'adresse suivante :

Pour faire une donation via Paypal : cliquer sur le bouton jaune dans la colonne de droite du blog http://lecercledesamisdevannnath.blogspot.com

Pour envoyer un chèque :
Le Cercle des Amis de Vann Nath
c/o Marie-Sophie Ly
18 rue Emilio Castelar
75012 Paris
FRANCE

Pour faire un virement :
ASSOCIATION LE CERCLE DES AMIS DE VANN NATH
RIB 30004 00821 00010261089 32 BNP PARIBAS PARIS TERNES
IBAN : FR76 3000 4008 2100 0102 6108 932
BIC : BNPAFRPPPTE

Je vous remercie par avance de votre aide. N'hésitez pas à transmettre ce mail à tous ceux qui connaissent et estiment Vann Nath.
Amicalement,
Rithy Panh



August 31, 2011

Chers amis,

Vann Nath n'a pas encore fini de se battre : il a ouvert les yeux ce mardi matin à 8h, à la grande surprise de sa femme, puis à nouveau à 10h face à moi-même, enfin à 15h30 en présence de Rithy Panh, ainsi que 3 autres fois dans la journée. Ses pupilles sont à nouveau réactives, ce qui signifie qu'il a une activité cérébrale (peut-être infime). Son corps tolère correctement la nourriture qui lui est injectée, son coeur est stable, même si la tension reste forte. Il a également subi une dialyse dans la nuit d'hier. J'ai parlé au médecin ( qui reste toujours extrêmement réservé sur son pronostic vital, mais reconnaît néanmoins qu'un progrès significatif, inespéré a été atteint aujourd'hui. Nous avons donc de bonnes raisons de le maintenir sous assistance respiratoire.

Vann Nath est décidément un homme d'une résistance hors-du-commun, j'avais moi-même perdu tout espoir hier, mais ces dernières évolutions me font à nouveau espérer. Il se bat jusqu'au bout, je serais d'avis que l'on en fasse autant.

Chaque journée d'hospitalisation coûte environ 300 USD, nous faisons appel à votre aide pour soutenir Vann Nath dans ce combat. Le montant n'a aucune importance. Vous pouvez utiliser le bouton Paypal (paiement par carte VISA possible) présent sur le blog de l'association (bouton jaune dans la colonne de droite)

http://lecercledesamisdevannnath.blogspot.com

ou nous adresser vos dons par chèque à l'adresse suivante :

Le Cercle des Amis de Vann Nath
c/o Marie-Sophie Ly
18 rue Emilio Castelar
75012 Paris
FRANCE

Si vous êtes à Phnom Penh en ce moment, vous pouvez me contacter au 012 557 410.

Merci pour votre solidarité !

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Dear friends,

Vann is still fighting: he opened his eyes this tuesday morning 8:00 AM while his wife was on his side, then once again at 10:00 AM just in front of me, at 3:30 PM with Rithy Panh and 3 other times on the same day. His pupils are reacting to the light again, which means his brain has some (maybe reduced) activity. His body tolerates food we inject him, his heart is stable, even if his tension remains a bit high. He also received a dialysis yesterday night. I have talked to the doctor, who is still very reserved on Vann Nath's chances to get through, he nevertheless admits that significant progress has been accomplished today. So we have good reasons to keep Vann Nath under breathing assistance.

Vann Nath has to be an incredibly resisting person. I had lost all hope yesterday, but those new signs make me hoping again. He's fighting until the end, so I would suggest us to do the same.

Medical expenses each day cost approximatively 300 USD, we hereby ask for your support into Vann Nath's fight. It really does not matter how much. You can use the Paypal button (credit card compatible) on the association's blog (yellow button on right column) :

http://lecercledesamisdevannnath.blogspot.com

Or send us your donation at following address:

Le Cercle des Amis de Vann Nath
c/o Marie-Sophie Ly
18 rue Emilio Castelar
75012 Paris
FRANCE

If you're in Phnom Penh at the moment, you can get in touch with following phone number:
012 557 410.

Thanks for your solidarity!

Jean-Sien Kin




August 31, 2011 - Vann Nath Articles

Tuol Sleng survivor in hospital

One of three living survivors of the Khmer Rouge's notorious Toul Sleng interrogation prison, known as S-21, is receiving urgent medical attention after suffering cardiac arrest early on Saturday.

Painter Vann Nath, 66, who testified against former Tuol Sleng prison chief Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, during the Khmer Rouge Tribunal's first and thus far only completed trial, suffered cardiac arrest in the early hours of Saturday, family members said. He was rushed to hospital in Phnom Penh, they said.

"The doctors are closely monitoring his illness and our family has yet to decide whether to send him abroad for treatment," his son Vann Chan Narong said yesterday.

Vann Nath, Bou Meng and Chum Mey are thought to be the sole surviving victims of Tuol Sleng and have all spoken extensively about the brutality they experienced.

In June last year Duch received a 35-year sentence commuted to 19 years because of time already served, after being found guilty of grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions.

Khmer Rouge Tribunal spokesman Neth Pheaktra said he could not confirm whether Vann Nath was due to testify in the tribunal's second and most high profile cases. The four most senior living former leaders of the regime are set to stand trial early next year.

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Khmer Rouge Prison Survivor and Activist in a Coma

Vann Nath, a painter who survived imprisonment at a notorious Khmer Rouge torture center and was a dogged activist for the rights of victims at the UN-backed tribunal, fell into a coma Friday night, family members and health officials said.

Vann Nath, who is 66, remains at La Sante Hemodialysis Center in Phnom Penh, where family members are watching over his him. He suffered an apparent heart attack Friday night.

His illness comes as the court is preparing for its most complicated trial to date, of four senior Khmer Rouge leaders currently in detention, and it underscores the concerns of many who fear that the leaders—and their victims—have grown old as the court procedures slowly progress.

Tan Sokhun, a doctor and head of the technical section of La Sante said there was little hope of recovery.

On Vann Nath's website, Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Pann said Vann Nath was "fighting and his family [is] with him but the doctors have little hope regarding his chance to come to back to us."

Vann Nath's condition also comes as the tribunal's Supreme Court Chamber is considering the verdict for Duch, the head of Tuol Sleng prison, where Vann Nath was kept a prisoner and where more than 12,000 people were tortured and sent to their deaths.

Van Nath had been a leading activist seeking greater participation at court for victims, many of whom were upset with the initial sentencing of Duch, who was given a commuted sentence of 19 years for his role as chief of Tuol Sleng.

Tribunal spokesman Huy Vannak said he had given $500 to Vann Nath's family to help with expenses. He said he hoped Vann Nath would recover, because he was a "key person" helping victims at the court.

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Acclaimed Khmer Rouge Prison Survivor Reported Near Death

Family members say Cambodia's Vann Nath, one of only seven survivors of a vast and notorious Khmer Rouge torture center, is in a coma and near death at a Cambodian hospital.

The 66-year-old human rights icon and artist survived the infamous Tuol Sleng prison, where more than 12,000 people died in the 1970s under Khmer Rouge rule. He was hospitalized Friday with an apparent heart attack, and a senior hospital official in Phnom Penh said Tuesday there is little hope for his survival.

News of Vann Nath's illness comes as an international tribunal prepares to begin the long-awaited trial of the four most senior surviving Khmer Rouge leaders — all charged with atrocities during the group's 1975-1979 rule. The defendants, including the nominal Khmer Rouge head of state, 79-year-old Khieu Samphan, face charges of religious persecution, torture and genocide in the deaths of as many as 2 million people.

Vann Nath's health crisis also comes as the tribunal deliberates a verdict for war crimes suspect Duch, the one-time chief of Tuol Sleng prison. Duch was convicted of war crimes and imprisoned earlier this year for 30 years — a sentence later reduced to 19 years because of time served in detention. He has appealed his conviction.

Vann Nath is widely seen as a leading advocate for victims of Khmer Rouge atrocities. His 1998 memoir — A Cambodian Prison Portrait: One Year in the Khmer Rouge's S-21 Prison – is the only written account by a survivor of the prison. The book has been translated from English into French and Swedish.




August 31, 2011

Chers amis, dear friends,

Some of you may be aware that Vann Nath, the artist and Toul Sleng survivor, has had on-going health problems. Last Friday he collapsed and has been in a coma since then. In an effort to support the family and help them fund the cost of his medical bills, the Print Workshop at the Royal University of Fine Arts will be organizing the sale of Vann Nath's prints to raise money. The Print Workshop, with the support of Fernando Aceves, is managed by Mr. Chan Vitharin. They will be launching their first exhibition 5:30 this Friday at the RUFA studio where the works of the students, Pich Sopheap, Vann Nath and Kong Vollak will be on display. If you wish to support Vann Nath and his family you can buy the prints through Mr. Vitharin, who can be contacted at +855 866 267 or cvitharin@yahoo.com.

Si vous souhaitez faire un virement, veuillez prendre connaissance de nos coordonnées bancaires ci-après, If you with to transfer money on our bank account, please use following bank informations:

ASSOCIATION LE CERCLE DES AMIS DE VANN NATH
RIB 30004 00821 00010261089 32 BNP PARIBAS PARIS TERNES
IBAN : FR76 3000 4008 2100 0102 6108 932
BIC : BNPARFPPPTE

Merci, thank you!




August 30, 2011

Samedi nous avons appris avec une immense tristesse, que Monsieur Vann Nath a été victime dans la nuit d'un infarctus grave - depuis, son état est très préoccupant, mais pas totalement désespéré, il est en soins intensifs, et nous prions, pour qu'il se remette, afin de lui permettre de rester encore auprès de sa famille, parmi nous.

Devant l'urgence, ses soins étant évidemment fort coûteux, nous avons pris la décision de faire appel à votre générosité, pour permettre de garder Vann Nath le plus longtemps possible en réanimation ... en attendant, que la situation progresse dans le bon sens.

Jean-Sien Kin est parti dimanche pour se rendre auprès du peintre, et surtout aussi, pour soutenir sa famille, au nom de nous tous - il nous tient au courant de l'évolution au fur et à mesure.

http://lecercledesamisdevannnath.blogspot.com/

Nous nous permettons donc, au nom de l'association CAVN, de lancer cet appel - chaque petit don sera une aide précieuse, une petite lueur d'espoir dans ce ciel si soudainement assombri !

Faisons en sorte, que Monsieur Vann Nath puisse profiter des meilleurs soins possible ! Qu'il ait toutes les chances de son côté - après, c'est le destin qui dira, mais nous aurons fait tout notre possible pour le soutenir.

Merci pour lui, et au nom de toute l'association !

Renata Maury et Chanda Ly

Jean-Sien Kin
et Pascal Sim




August 30, 2011

From the Vann Nath 'Circle of Friends' blog: Vann Nath entouré

Dear friends,
Situation is desperate, but his whole family is still bond at his side, they relieve one another 24/24h. I am feeling quite moved to see his children, his relatives keeping on massaging him, taking so much care with him. They're still hoping. He will be kept on breathing assistance for some more days to come. His usual doctor is watching him. Some questions remain unsolved, so I hope I will get some more informations from his doctor very soon. I will keep you informed about we will need, after seeing how things evolve.
Sincerely yours,
Jean-Sien

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Chers amis,
La situation est désespérée, mais toute sa famille reste parfaitement soudée autour de lui, et se relaie à son chevet en permanence. C'est très émouvant de voir ses enfants et ses proches continuer à le masser, à lui parler, à lui prodiguer beaucoup de soin et d'attention. Ils gardent toujours espoir malgré tout. Il sera gardé sous assistance respiratoire encore plusieurs jours, et reste suivi de près par son médecin habituel. Quelques zones d'incertitudes demeurent malgré tout, j'espère en savoir plus demain. Je vous tiendrai informé de ce dont on aura besoin en fonction de l'évolution de la situation.
Bien à vous,
Jean-Sien




August 28, 2011

I would like to share with you these very sad news about Vann Nath. He had a heart attack during Friday night in Phnom Penh. He lost conscience and did not wake up till now. He went into a cerebral coma. He is fighting and his family with him but the doctors have little hope regarding his chance to come to back to us. I will let you know if anything happens. Sincerely, Rithy Panh




June 2010

Dear Friends,

While his health has improved steadily, Vann Nath has decided to fly to Bangkok with his family in order to replace the fistula which allows dialysis through his left forearm. This operation was necessary because the fistula was in bad condition. Removing it was easy and without risk for him. The old fistula has now been taken out. Vann Nath has checked out of the hospital with a temporary fistula. The doctors know him and took really good care of him. Vann Nath has now returned to Phnom Penh. He will have to go back to Bangkok for a médical follow up and for a brand new fistula to be put in a permanent fashion. The new fistula would then last several years and conditions would be met for this health to stabilize as well as possible. Meanwhile, Vann Nath has been eating and sleeping normally, getting stronger every day.

If you want to further support Vann Nath and help him with medical care and dialysis, please send your donation to Le Cercle des Amis de Vann Nath (Vann Nath's Friends Association), which is chaired by Jean-Sien Kin. This French association has set up a PayPal payment on its website (http://lecercledesamisdevannnath.blogspot.com). You can also contact them by email (asso.cavn@gmail.com) and ask for bank account details. Mailing can be sent to the following address:

Association Le Cercle des Amis de Vann Nath c/o Marie-Sophie Ly 18 rue Emilio Castelar 75012 Paris France

We will send you updates on Vann Nath's health condition in the coming weeks. We thank you all for your solidarity.

Rithy Panh




Vann Nath Video

Vann Nath says hello and "thank you" to his friends and supporters in Khmer.




UPDATE: May 03 2010

Dear Friends

As promised, we wish to update you on Vann Nath's health one week after many of you expressed their support during such difficult times.

Vann Nath's condition has improved. The haemorrhage was stopped. He remains under the close observation of a remarkable medical team. Vann Nath is in higher spirits. He can speak and has slowly resumed eating. Such improvement now needs to be consolidated.

When he checks out of the hospital, he will need to be provided with close medical care. In particular, he will need regular, high-quality dialysis. He needs to get his strength back before being able to undergo possible surgery. The need for such operation would be assessed in the coming months. It would require him to be in the best shape possible before this is undertaken. It also appears that such surgery would be best organized in Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, or Singapore. This, of course, would mean further expenses for the family.

Following our appeal, friends of Vann Nath have sent donations directly to his bank account in Cambodia. Other donations are still currently received on bank accounts in France and the United States, details of which have been forwarded by us upon request. Funds collected by the Bophana Center have been given directly to Vann Nath's family and we will continue to do so this week. A detailed list of donors and donations will be handed over to Vann Nath.

We are not yet in a position to let you know if the amount of money that has been collected through the Bophana Center to date – about 8,400 USD – can cover all medical costs but you must be assured that they have been vital to his family in order to cope with costly needs.

We will keep you updated on Vann Nath's health situation next week. In the meantime, we wish to express our deepest thanks and gratitude to all of you for your prompt reaction, solidarity, and generosity, which have been of tremendous importance to help Vann Nath at a particularly critical moment.

Rithy Panh




Dear Friends

Please allow me to send you this urgent call for help.

Vann Nath whom you all know as a S-21 survivor, a painter and a restless and dedicated witness of the Khmer Rouge regime atrocities has been admitted on Tuesday to the emergency unit at Calmette Hospital, in Phnom Penh: This is the only institution which seems to be able to treat the bowel (duodenom) and stomach haemorrhage he is suffering from (though, I am not in position to give you further details).

Vann Nath is fighting for his life, and his wife and children stand by him. However, their financial resources cannot sustain such medical costs for long.

With Vann Nath's agreement, I am therefore sending this appeal for funds in order to help his family to pay for medical bills and to support them through such painful struggle. Whatever the amount, any donation you may send will show your solidarity and support to him and his family.

I am very grateful for any contribution you may give.

Donations can be sent in a sealed envelope to Elen Gallien (elen.gallien @ bophana.org), at the Bophana Center (n°64 street 200). She is in charge of collecting all donations. Her telephone number is 092 132 718.

I truly thank you for your help.

Morover, if any of you's blood type is A+ or O+ and is willing to donate their blood, please give me your contact details so that we can contact you whenever that might be necessary.

Best wishes and many thanks,

Rithy Panh

Address Bophana Centre :
64 street 200, Okhnia Mén
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel : +855(0)23.99.21.74
+855 (0)92 605 127
http://www.bophana.org

Elen Gallian
elen.gallien @ bophana.org

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