Vann Nath, an artist who was one of only a handful of survivors of the Khmer Rouge torture center Tuol Sleng, and who lived to testify two years ago at the trial of his jailer, died Monday in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He was 65.
7. The Freezer (Vann Nath, 1946-2011)
I was a slim survivor in the land of the bone and skin. Just the husk of a painter when they locked the outside in. If you slip me your supper I will draw you an empty bowl. See the insects humming, we could steam and eat them whole. Have we taken everyone? Have you looked in the freezer? There's a bag with a human head. They're trying to read our brainwaves, they want to kill us before we're dead. Have we taken everyone, have we taken everyone? … See the blind man missing from the rice fields in the dawn. They took his wife in a convoy, now there’s nobody left to wrong.