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The Secret War, Laos

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Laos - Nyot Ngeum - Xeng Thor's hand  is still full of schrapnels one year after he hit a cluster bomb.“I feel pain every day since the accident. Before I could work more, now I get tired easily and I feel a lot of pain in my back”. A 16-year-old boy from the village of Nyot Ngeum, on the 16th of April 2013 Xeng Thor was permanently injured when he hit a cluster bomb which instantly killed his 10-year-old brother Peng as well. The pair was transported to the provincial hospital, where Peng died after a night of agonizing pain. With his nerves damaged during the explosion, Thor now feels unbearable pains in his back everytime he works or play sports. His left leg is dotted by several scars, as well as his left hand.