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Chue Por, injured by a landmine at the age of 18

Explosive weapons

Chue Por lost his arm in a landmine explosion. With the support of HI, he is regaining his mobility.

Man sitting on the ground in a dark room, smiling off into the distance

Portrait of Chue Por, that HI provided with physical and psychosocial support. | © Natalia Lozano / HI

Chue Por was 18 years old when, while fishing with friends, he pulled a landmine out of the water. It exploded in his hand.

The consequences of his accident

The accident happened in January 2007 in the village of Houayhou in Houaphan province, northeastern Laos. Chue Por was rushed to hospital where the doctors were forced to amputate his arm. His family had to sell all their livestock and borrow money from their neighbours to save his life. They were left in poverty.

Chue Por dropped out of school after his amputation because he felt too dependent and different from his friends. But he could no longer work on his parents' farm or find other any work to help support his family. 

HI provides rehabilitation and training

HI identified Chue Por in 2019. The organization refered him to a rehabilitation center where he was fitted with a prosthesis.

"Thanks to HI, I am supported both physically and psychologically." 

Today, Chue Por is receiving training to become a volunteer in his village and support people with mental health issues. He also participates in HI's inclusion activities to help people find their community. Today, Chue Por grows rice and beans to sell.

Chue Por rediscovers a taste for life

"Today I can clearly see the positive changes in my life: I am happy to be with my family and to look after my cattle.”   


Portrait of Chue Por, a middle aged man, wearing a khaki green button down, smiling in front of a green nature backdropChue Por is now engaged in advocacy for the Mine Ban Treaty, the Cluster Munitions Convention and other international frameworks to prevent the use of explosive remnants of war and mines.

Date published: 07/29/22


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