|Vann Nath, Pray for Peace|
Ces derniers jours ont surtout été marqués par la fête de Pchum Ben (fête des morts), Phnom Penh est désert, les habitants sont partis en province.
Le mardi de la semaine dernière, Vann Nath et Chum Mey se sont recueillis au Musée de Tuol Sleng, où une grande cérémonie religieuse a eu lieu. Elle a compté environ 200 participants, dont une trentaine de bonzes, et majoritairement des officiels, comme le ministre de la Culture, M. Him Chhem, et a duré un peu plus de trois heures.
Vann Nath renouvelle ses remerciements pour l'attention que vous lui portez. Un ami retourne au Cambodge à la fin du mois. Nous en profiterons pour lui confier les donations. Merci à vous tous !
[EN] Vann Nath is feeling better, despite not being able to make prolonged efforts yet. He paints 2 or 3 times a week, but he cannot stay seated for as long as he used to, so he has to lie down several times a day. He still undergoes dialysis once or twice a week. When he is doing well, he does dialysis only once weekly, however, he is still closely looked after. One dialysis session costs about 70 USD, and an EPO shot (to maintain a stable hematocrit) costs 30 USD, making the entire session cost 100 USD. Since he needs at least 7 sessions a month, his medical expenses for dialysis amount to at least 700 USD.
Lately, people have been celebrating Pchum Ben (celebration of the dead) throughout Cambodia. Phnom Penh is empty as its inhabitants have left for the provinces.
During a large religious ceremony held last Tuesday at Tuol Sleng Museum,Vann Nath and Chum Mey prayed in remembrance of the Khmer Rouge victims. There were approximately 200 people present, among whom, there were around thirty monks and a majority of officials, including the minister of Culture, Mr. Him Chhem. The ceremony lasted three and a half hours.
Vann Nath wishes to thank you again for all your thoughtfulness towards him. A friend is leaving for Cambodia at the end of the month, at which time we will give him your donations to carry to Vann Nath. Thank you all!