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YouTube Video Shows Family With 4 Disabled Children in Landmine Infested Area
While seeking landmine affected families needing assistance, Lisa McCoy, Executive Director of Canadian-based A Mine Free World Foundation found a family in a remote district of Koas Krala, with 4 children who are deaf, mute and unable to walk.
While searching for landmine affected families in need of assistance, Lisa McCoy, Executive Director of Canadian-based A Mine Free World Foundation came across a family in the remote district of Koas Krala, with four children who are deaf and unable to speak. In addition, the three older children, all boys with the oldest being seventeen years old, are unable to walk, their legs useless underneath them. The youngest child, a girl is the only one of the four who is able to walk.
McCoy had this response upon meeting the family, “I cannot describe my feelings when I first came across this landmine-affected family. The parents love these children dearly and care for them constantly making it impossible for them to seek employment elsewhere. This family truly is in a desperate situation.”
Five years ago, the organization that was supporting them ceased due to lack of funds. They had taken the sons to the hospital where it was assessed that they were incurable. The organization then gave the family two wheelchairs which were of no use to them and left this poverty-stricken family to fend for itself.
Right now the family survives on $50 a year provided by an elder son who works in the fields. A Mine Free World Foundation has plans to reconstruct the family home and provide them with a breeding cow and chickens to start a chicken rearing business. It is also hoped that a medical assessment will provide further information as to how to help the children and what stimulatory items and training might assist them to at least be able to communicate and provide relief from days that stretch one into the other.
It is not known what has caused the disabilities in the children, although there is some speculation as to whether the issues are the result of a toxic substance such as Agent Orange, a herbicide that was sprayed over areas of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam War in the 1960’s and 1970’s by the US Military to defoliate areas in a bid to destroy enemy cover.
Regardless of what caused the disabilities to these children, the family has continued to survive with very loving parents who spend the days caring for them. But what the future holds for these children is uncertain.
One thing, however, is certain - McCoy’s determination to help this family. She says, “We will do whatever we can for this family. Right now we are raising funds for them and will be looking towards sponsors who can provide these children with educational toys to help give them at least some ability to learn to communicate, because without any help, these children will surely be destined for a terrible life of silence.”
To view the video and others, please go to www.youtu.be/
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About A Mine Free World Foundation
A Mine Free World Foundation (AMFWF) is a registered non-profit organization based in Waterloo Region, Canada founded in 2006. The Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness and funds for assistance for landmine survivors, families of landmine survivors and landmine affected communities. This includes programs for educational support, building schools, micro-businesses, food distribution, dental hygiene, bicycle distribution and recently rebuilding of homes.
Donations can be made through the website www.aminefreeworld.org or through PayPal to aminefreeworld@
For more information, please contact Maria van Santen