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The Secret War, Laos

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Laos - Na Dee- A 39-year-old woman from the village of Na Dee, last April Buan Kham lost her lower left leg when a 500-pound-bomb her husband had stored beneath the house exploded. The blast killed a Vietnamese metal dealer and permanently injured Buan's two sons. Buan spent the following five weeks in a clinic in the capital Vientiane, where she was finally given a prosthetic leg. “It is very heavy, I feel pain everytime I have to carry it” she complains. Unable to work and to look after the house, the woman is afraid her husband might decide to walk away one day, leaving her to look after her two kids alone.