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CAMBODIA NEWS - VICTIMS OF THE KHMER ROUGE - Part 2

Prolific Khmer write and active member of the Association of Khmer Rouge Victims in Cambodia Madam OUM Suphany displaying items (including this dress) she preserved from before the KR years. She wore this dress the day Phnom Penh fell. (CJR public forum in Phnom Penh, 23 July 2010) - AKRVC photo

 

 

 

Tuesday June 28, 2011

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - (AKRVC)

Ms. OUM Suphany

Upon entering Ms.OUM Suphany's house, one can't help but marvel at the countless cabinets filled with books, manuscripts, awards, music compositions and various other forms of creative outlet. Currently, Ms. Suphany is the most prolific Cambodian novelist and lyricists.

Born in 1946, Ms. Suphany has written in her diary religiously every night since she was eighteen. Upon introduction, Ms. Suphany has a contagious personality of creativity, charisma and optimism. Without knowing better, one would certainly be startled that, considering her positive outlook and youthful exuberance, Ms. Suphany is one of the four percent of Cambodia's population over the age of 64.

It came as no surprise that, when asked to describe the Pol Pot regime, Ms. Suphany's immediate response was: "In 1975 when they came into Phnom Penh, I didn't think they would destroy my property so I didn't take anything. But, they destroyed all of my writing and all of my creativity." This didn't last long, though, as Ms. Suphany's will power and commitment to artistic expression restarted later than year as she collected scraps of paper and makeshift writing implements. Ms. Suphany remembers 17 April 1975 very well. Lost in thought and recalling every detail, showing us the dress she was wearing as she fled the city. Following the evacuation, she was sent to Takeo Province where she worked as a farmer. Raised in a large family with five sisters, they were quickly separated and she describes the years as miserable and lonely: "It was as if we had died from within while continuing to live on the outside."

In the subsequent years, her mother, father and three sisters had all died, while the remaining two had been lost. She tried to maintain hope by caring for her second oldest sister who was very ill and suffered in a dilapidated hospital without any treatment. Familial love kept Ms. Suphany at her sister's side whenever possible and she took on tasks such as washing, dressing, and feeding her until 18 November 1977 when the Khmer Rouge forced her to be married.

"I was furious and decided that I was perhaps willing to die, since it was more than a husband that was being forced on me," she laments as she, with dozens of other young women, waited for their soon-to-be husbands. Ms. Suphany was married to Pichet, a Khmer Rouge cadre five years her junior. As luck would have it, he surprised her with his eloquence, kindness, and intellect although most other girls were not as lucky. She found herself depending, and eventually, falling in love with him.

Then, when he was called to duty at the Vietnamese border, Ms. Suphany was left to care for herself. Soon after, her sister died and Ms. Suphany's optimism quickly faded. Unable to properly grieve, for fear of being murdered, she suppressed her emotions expressing them only to her diary.

Since the end of the war, Ms. Suphany has been an ardent advocacy for victim's rights, maintaining Cambodian art, and has won numerous prestigious awards for her humanitarian and artistic works. Her detailed and emotional diary was published into a book and recounts all the horrors that she faced during the Pol Pot regime.

She hopes that through organizations like the Victims Association, and the ECCC the next generation will learn from its mistakes and "everyone will have a strong heart, and a strong body." She emphasizes the importance of abolishing corruption and supporting one another: "If all of my relatives have been destroyed and are no longer, there are still others living who are like family because they understand the painful life of misery and suffering that we have gone through together."

Always maintaining a positive outlook on life, and the future Ms. Suphany for her strength, dedication, and imagination remains a role model and leader within the victims' community.

Ms. OUM Suphany is an active officer of the Association of Khmer Rouge Victims in Cambodia and has been attending conferences and public forums conducted by first the CSD, CJR and now CIVICUS Cambodia.

VICTIMS OF THE KHMER ROUGE - Part 1 - Mr. CHEY Theara

VICTIMS OF THE KHMER ROUGE - Part 3 - Mr. LY Monysak

The Association of Khmer Rouge Victims in Cambodia—the first association based in Cambodia to be registered with the Ministry of Interior and the first to be recognized by the ECCC Victims Support Section and independent of any political or religious affiliation—is a network of survivors of the 1975-79 killing fields who are joined in the fellowship of suffering, in the demand for justice, and in the work for a just peace. The members of the Victims Association are from overseas and spread across the provinces and capital of Cambodia, coming together as a result of the public forums conducted by its Founder, and now its president Ms. Theary C. SENG and Victims Outreach Manager Mr. SOK Leang since 2007. They include widows and orphans; former child soldiers and former prisoners; hard-working farmers and middle-class city-dwellers; well-known actresses playwrights, authors and journalists; as well as teachers, translators, security guards, taxi drivers, inter alia. Among the other members of the Victims Association is the Civil Parties of Orphans Class, a special grouping pre-dating the AKRVC founding when introduced officially in the Pre-Trial Chamber hearing of Nuon Chea in Feb. 2008, and since officially recognized by the ECCC Victims Support Section and a party to the Extraordinary Chambers Case File No. 002 against the senior Khmer Rouge leaders.

www.akrvictims.org

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