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Reference : V-P-MM-E-00469
Date : 15/12/2019
Country/Region : MYANMAR
Caption : Northern Shan State, Hsipaw. Portrait of a mother of two children, who lost her husband due to a landmine explosion. She is part of the 49 families that across Shan State that received cash grants from the ICRC in 2019.
Photographer : SIAN KHAN, Thang Khai
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : It was two years ago, that her husband and his brother went into the mountains of Hsipaw Township in Shan State. They went in search of herbs. They never came back.
This is one out of hundreds of devastating stories of landmine accidents in Myanmar.
The widow, was devastated and left to raise their two children alone. “He was the breadwinner of our family, now that he is gone, I have to work as a daily worker to ensure that I have enough for my children’s food and education” she said. With the assistance of the ICRC, she receive cash grants that make her life a little easier and she’s able to provide for her children by herself.

Losing her husband, though devastating, has sparked her interest to raise awareness of the dangers and risks associated with mines and other unexploded ordinances. She is one of the driving forces in her community, talking to the villagers about risks, reminding them to heed warning signs especially in the mountains.
ICRC working with its partner, the Myanmar Red Cross Society continues to work with communities in Kachin, Shan, Kayin, Mon, Eastern Bago, Tanintharyi and Kayah regions to raise awareness of landmine risks and safe practices.
Resolution : 5472x3648
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour