Victim Assistance and Support Team (VAST): Sone’s Story

Sone, 20 years old, lives in Long Khan village , Phoukhoud District, Xieng Khouang Province.picture of Sone

On 22 August 2016, Sone and his 4 relatives went to the forest to collect wood. At 11:30 A.M., Sone made a fire to cook some food; the fire had not been going for more than 10 minutes when it exploded. Sone’s right foot was injured, and his relatives immediately sent him to the Provincial Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital at 8:30 P.M. The doctor performed surgery to remove the shrapnel from his foot.

picture of Sone's footWorld Education was informed about this accident on 23 August 2016 by a Provincial Hospital doctor. VAST visited the survivor and his family to explain the War Victim Medical Fund policy and arranged for reimbursements for costs already paid by the family and also explained what other expenses would be covered by the fund. The family was relieved to know that this support was available.

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