Sunday, April 25, 2010

Touch Srey Nich

Touch Srey Nich was born in 1980, the former pop famous singer who got shot in Phnom Penh on October 2003 and paralyzed from the neck down. She was brought to USA by the hard work of Mr. Pong Kith and Khmer Community in California. She came to USA as a refugee and was recognized as a person of concern by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees office in Bangkok. She first resided in Sacramento with her father, brother and sister and now is living in Los Angeles, California, USA.

A rumor had spread all over Cambodia recently that Touch Srey Nich who was shot in 2003 had died. Kohsantepheapdaily had released an article to clear up the rumor. Mr. Nop Chandara of Khosantepheapdaily reported from Long Beach, CA USA on May 8, 2007 that the rumor was not true.

Mr. Nop, Chandara said he had received a lot of e-mail from Cambodians living in Cambodia, asking him about the unfortunate news. He said that Touch Srey Nich now lives in USA as a legal permanent resident. He had the opportunity to talk with Mr. Pong Kith who is her neighbor and also helped her to get into the USA on Monday May 7, 2007. Mr. Pong Kith told Mr. Nop, Chandara that he always visited her and her father. He actually just talked to her father via telephone today.

Mr. Pong Kith said Touch Srey Nich is healthy and studies English at home. He also said she hoped one day she would be able to go to a college for her education. She is attended by a visiting nurse. She is on a diet program and monitored by a nutritionist because of her weight problem due to her inactivity.

The latest news that I receive from magazine released an article about Touch Srey Nich’s weight problem and that she weighed almost 130 kilograms which was considered overweight. Angkorthom Magazine also reported that Touch Srey Nich could move around with a wheelchair. She had been invited to sing for a Student Association event in Utah State and awarded $5,000USD.