I knew Vann Nath quite well and visited him often – especially when he was really sick. With Nath, we lost one of the few witnesses to survive the most unspeakable torture center, Tuol Sleng prison ( known as S21).
Nath was talented, kind and friendly – a very decent human being. We at Cambodian Living Arts will miss him greatly and will forever cherish his friendship, support and his love of the arts and of Khmer culture.
We deeply appreciate the time in 2004 when Nath offered to guide a CLA group through Tuol Sleng prison. With courage and determination he showed us where he was captured and tortured in Toul Sleng prison. I could not believe he could go there with us, but he wanted to be our guide and interpreter.
We send our love and condolences to his family and we are deeply grateful for his life and for his willingness to sacrifice and to share his painful memories of his past so that we can learn to live with each other in harmony, peace and love… Thank you Master Vann Nath.