BOU SENG HOURT
1981 – 2009
With a very heavy heart and profound sadness we announce the passing of Bou Seng Hourt. Hourt was the wife of Aki Ra, the gentle mother of Amatak, Mine, Meta and dozens of children who called the Cambodia Landmine Museum their home. She made all our lives richer for having known her.
Of all the people I spent time talking to in Cambodia, Huort’s smile and laugh were one of the most memorable. Despite the recent radical changes to where she lived/worked, her honesty and love for Aki Ra and her children never waivered one bit. She was a beautiful and healthy woman, barely 30 years old, and her death came as a shocking surprise to all who knew her.
Hourt meant so much to Aki Ra, their adopted children, and the museum and up until last month, she was a dedicated de-miner as well. You will be proud to know that Aki Ra’s new demining team has women deminers working with him. This was something Hourt had encouraged and without her I doubt these women would have participated. Hourt is just as much a hero as Aki Ra and letters, phone calls and emails from around the world to Aki Ra last week prove that to be true.
Rich Fitoussi is currently en route back to Cambodia to help Aki Ra and the community in their time of need. For more information and/or to make a donation to Huort’s memorial, visit http://cambodialandminemuseum.org
Let this be another reminder to cherish those close to us and be thankful for incredible people like Bou Senghourt.