Posts Tagged ‘Ya Soknim’

Ya Soknim Has Gone To Be With Jesus

June 25, 2011 1 comment

Our dear sister has gone to be with her Savior this past Wednesday, the 22nd.  As some of you know, she was not doing well and battling several infections.  This was not her home though and she is now whole and beautiful in the arms of Jesus!  Pray, pray, PRAY for Vibol and their 4 children!  This has been a very difficult time for Vibol after just losing his father late last year and now his wife.  Pray that the Lord would hold him up, keep him strong and that Vibol would be encouraged and strengthened through this time.

There is a link to the Phnom Penh Post:  Ya Soknim

Also, a picture of the two of them before the acid attack:  GoReconcile


Latest News On Ya Soknim

October 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Dear friends,

I just wanted to share this link with you regarding our dear sister in Christ, Ya Soknim.  While it seems the justice system is moving slowly, at least it is moving.


June 14, 2010 1 comment

Soknim and her family have returned to Cambodia.  The United Nations took them to Malaysia, after the court vindicated her attacker, and then left them without any assistance which forced them to return home, even though her life continues to be threatened.  Soknim is lives in fear, but the Lord has granted her peace. While we were there, a man with a gun was seen around their house.  She is doing well considering…….

Soknim traveled with us via bus from Cambodia to Vietnam to get a current evaluation of her eye, ear and neck.  She received a good report; her eye can be mostly corrected with glasses, her ear can be reconstructed and her neck can be repaired after she grows more skin for another skin graft.  Thank you for the prayers and funds you have provided for them.  I know that God is sovereign but I cannot help but wonder how this might have turned out without the prayers and support of the Body of Christ.  When we were with them, she sang “It Is Well With My Soul” at the Sunday meeting. We wanted to share this touching experience with you. you can see at:

Appeal Date Set In Chea Ratha Acid Case

November 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Tuesday, 27 October 2009 15:03 LAURA SNOOK

An appeal against the acquittal of a former Military Police official accused of involvement in a brutal acid attack against her lesbian lover’s aunt will be heard Wednesday, a court official confirmed Monday.

The appeal was lodged after Chea Ratha, former deputy chief of staff of the Military Police, was found not guilty of masterminding the May 2008 attack that left Ya Soknim, the aunt of prominent beauty queen In Soklyda, scarred for life.

The verdict, announced August 31, was jointly condemned by human rights groups Licadho and the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR).

In a statement released to the media September 2, Licadho director Naly Pilorge said: “What is so shocking in this case is the judges’apparent total disregard of evidence against Chea Ratha and her alleged accomplices.”

Evidence received by Phnom Penh Municipal Court during the yearlong investigation included recordings of phone calls in which Chea Ratha threatened to kill In Soklyda’s relatives, logs of telephone calls for Chea Ratha and her co-defendants on the day of the attack, and a report confirming that acid was found in the home of one of Chea Ratha’s associates, Licadho and CCHR said.

Chea Ratha’s lawyer, Nach Try, said his client – who is believed to have left the country – would not be present at the hearing, the date of which was confirmed by Court of Appeal Deputy President Chuon Sunleng.

Neither Ya Soknim nor In Soklyda could be reached for comment.

Acid Attack Appeal Scheduled

November 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Friday, 23 October 2009 15:02 Mom Kunthear

Photo by: TRacey Shelton


AN appeal lodged in the case of a former Military Police official accused of involvement in a brutal acid attack against the aunt of her lesbian lover will be heard at the end of this month, a court official said Thursday.

Chuon Sunleng, deputy president of the Court of Appeal, said the hearing had been scheduled for the end of October, though he could not recall the precise date.
Chea Ratha, former deputy chief of staff of the Military Police, was charged with masterminding the May 2008 acid attack on Ya Soknim, the aunt of beauty queen In Soklyda, with whom she had been romantically involved. The relationship had turned sour earlier that year, and Chea Ratha blamed Ya Soknim for helping In Soklyda go into hiding, according to accounts of the case provided by rights groups.

The attack was allegedly carried out by two men on a motorcycle, who accosted Ya Soknim and poured acid over her face and upper body. She suffered severe burns as a result, losing her right eye and breast.

The Municipal Court acquitted Chea Ratha and five other suspects last month in a ruling that was condemned by rights groups.

Hong Sopheak, the lawyer for Ya Soknim and In Soklyda, said he did not know whether his clients would attend the hearing because they were out of the country.

He declined to comment on the case beyond saying that he believed the Municipal Court’s verdict was unjust and should be overturned.

Keo Ya, the lawyer for Chea Ratha, said Thursday that his client was also out of the country and had not asked him to represent her for the appeal.

Latest News On Acid Attack!

March 11, 2009 2 comments

It has been quite a long time since I have posted something on our dear friend, Ya Soknim.  We knew that her attacker is still in hiding – paying off officials – and not being brought to justice.  Here is some new information below as well as pictures of her attackers and a picture of Sokim herself.


Soknim and her family remain under constant threat for their lives. Vibol asked for us to continue to pray for Soknim as she was heading back to Vietnam for more surgery.  I asked him for prayer specifics. Incidentally the mastermind of the attack on Soknim is a woman named Chea Ratha and the former police officer who threw the acid (a male) is the one posted in the “Most Wanted” article in Parade magazine as Chandy Seak , # 5 in their slideshow online.

Here are some things you can pray for (From Vibol):

1-For her neck can be move arround after sugery

2-For her arm can be move after surgery

3-For her health good after wake from surgery

4-For financial needs as well,now we have $2700 and we need $1300.USD

for surgery as well and we to pay after 3 days in hospital.

Blessing of the Lord upon you and family and thanks for your love and prayer support.

In Him We Trust



Brief Soknim Update

September 23, 2008 Leave a comment

I received an email from Brother Vibol in Cambodia regarding his wife, Soknim.  We continue to pray for her as she recovers from her burns.

Dear Chris and family
Blessing to you all and thanks for all of you love and pray for me and my wife and family.
Now Soknim in Vietnam for her neck and eye sergery and ear will be later and minor sergery.
-Children now when to private school as well for their security
-For me fine by the grace of the Father in heaven
Blessing you my love brother.
Vibol and family


Please continue to keep them in your prayers!