Portrait of Lithsouda. | © HI
Lithsouda lost her right eye and the fingers of her right hand in a cluster bomb explosion. HI comes to her aid.
Lithsouda is 19 years old and lives in Soplap in Houaphan province, Laos. In 2009, he was building a fire in front of his grandmother's house when he triggered a cluster bomb hidden in the ground.
In 2009, Lithsouda was 6 years old. One day, he was playing outside his grandmother's house. He started a fire, which caused a cluster munition buried in the ground to explode.
To save him, his family borrowed money from their neighbours, sold their belongings and hired a car to take him to the hospital three hours away. Lithsouda lost his right eye, the fingers of his right hand and was left with scars all over his body.
Lithsouda’s injuries make him different in the eyes of others and he feels excluded.
With support from HI, he has now joined a group of community volunteers and been trained to promote the inclusion and participation of landmine and ERW survivors and people with disabilities in community activities.
"All this training has opened my mind and encouraged me to spend more time with my friends."
Because of his disability, Lithsouda used to be unable to help with the daily needs and activities of his family, such as working in the fields or fishing. But today, he enjoys playing sports, fetching food, looking after livestock and spending time with friends. He works as a farmer.