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The landmine that saved our village

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Published on April 3, 2013

Author: Anderson85alric

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“I‟m Pho Khwar…

“I‟m Pho Khwar……age 9…

“I‟m Pho Khwar……age 9……standing on a landmine…”

“I was born in a remotetribal village in Northern Kachin State where…

“…the weather is really cold.

“…the weather is really cold. But the residents arewere even colder.

“She never picked aman again though shewas still youngenough.

“She never picked aman again though shewas still youngenough.“Tough woman in atough village…

“But we weren‟talone though…

“My uncle, along with his daughter, came to seeus…

“My uncle, along with his daughter, came to seeus…

“An unfriendlyatmosphere, indeed.

“This is what happened.

“It was a tribal festival…

“It was a tribal festival… …everything was going fine until

“It was a tribal festival… …everything was going fine until I noticed something under my bare feet.

“I gathered what strength I could muster…

“I gathered what strength I could muster……concentrating on my balance as it wasliterally the difference between life & death,…

“I gathered what strength I could muster……concentrating on my balance as it wasliterally the difference between life & death,… I warned the crowd surrounding me…

“Get away from me! I‟m on a landmine!! Please…”

“There was something in their eyes which Ihad never seen before…

“Instead of

“Instead of and

“I saw

“I saw

“I saw and

A man whom I had seen every now and thenmy whole life but never talked to me…said ina very concerned voice…

“My momma, of course!!!

“After a while, he came back with my mom.Though dramatically anguished by the very sight ofmy situation, she kept her head cool as sheapproached me.

“Those words…

“Those words… …that courage…

“Those words… …that courage… …that decision…

“Till today do they resonate in my heart. Iwas lost for words to the sheer exposure ofher strength that I could only nod myhead…

“Look at your foot. YOUR FOOT!”

“As our eyes landed upon the mine, she said, as she slowly advanced her foot…“Try to shift your weight from your ankle to the tip ofyour toes. Slowly.

“As our eyes landed upon the mine, she said, as she slowly advanced her foot…“Try to shift your weight from your ankle to the tip ofyour toes. Slowly. SLOWLY, PHO KHWAR.YOU‟RE GETTING US ALL KILLED!”

“I withdrew my foot calmly as hers tookmy place…

“I withdrew my foot calmly as hers took my place…“There you go, Pho Khwar. That‟s it. That‟s it!!”

“Unbelievable but true, my foot was eventually clearoff the mine and she had taken my place in herentirety…

“Unbelievable but true, my foot was eventually clearoff the mine and she had taken my place in herentirety…“Laughing with tears flooding her eyes, thatexpression occupying her face could only be describedas

“Laughing with tears flooding her eyes, thatexpression occupying her face could only be describedas nothing but beautiful…

“So many words to say and yet…

“So many words to say and yet… …so little power to speak…

“So many words to say and yet… …so little power to speak… …I just hugged her…

“She embraced my hug with a secure place in her arms

“She embraced my hug with a secure place in her armsand whispered into my ears…

“That obviously touched the entire crowd. I could hearlong sighs as all of us probably forgot to breatheduring the last few minutes. Some of them later wenthome…only to return with blankets, food and waterfor us…

“After some forty minutes or so…I offered to retakemy stand so that she could rest. She gave me a nicewarm hug…

“After some forty minutes or so…I offered to retakemy stand so that she could rest. She gave me a nicewarm hug…kissed me gently on the forehead…

“…and we carefully repeated the „advance andwithdraw‟ procedure once again…

“…and we carefully repeated the „advance andwithdraw‟ procedure once again…successfully…

“We took turns for a few cycles and then my unclecame…

“We took turns for a few cycles and then my unclecame…

“Dear Traveler,…if you‟re lost for directions near ourvillage, just come to our mine postbecause…

…night…

…or noon,…

…rain…

…or snow…

…there‟ll always be someone…

…there‟ll always be someone……sober…

…there‟ll always be someone……sober……and standing.

“I‟m Pho Khwar…

“I‟m Pho Khwar……age 19…

“I‟m Pho Khwar……age 19……standing on the same landmine I stood on 10years ago, on my 353rd shift.”

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