Monday, August 29, 2011

Serious setback

Vann Nath in a quiet moment at Tuol Sleng
Whilst congratulating myself on my team's footballing success, I had the wind knocked out of my sails by the devastating news that the Cambodian artist Vann Nath suffered a heart attack on Friday and is in a coma in Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh. Vann Nath, one of the most gracious men you could ever meet, has been beset by health problems for many years including kidney disease but this latest setback sounds like it will be his biggest battle yet. Vann Nath was one of the few survivors to come out of Tuol Sleng prison alive when the Pol Pot regime was toppled and has been a leading figure in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and in the media spotlight through his own biography and film and documentary appearances.
Postscript: Vann Nath remains in an extremely critical condition. Keep updated here.
The Print Workshop at the Royal University of Fine Arts will be organizing the sale of Vann Nath's prints to raise money for his medical bills. They are launching their first exhibition this Friday (2 September) at the RUFA studio where the works of the students, Pich Sopheap, Vann Nath and Kong Vollak will be on display. It will continue into Saturday and Sunday.



Anonymous Steven said...

Do you know if there is some urgent requirement of money to cover his hospital bills or his family's welfare?

Please make it known if this is the case!

August 30, 2011 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Please keep updated at

August 30, 2011 at 1:51 PM  

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