Mordecai has a problem. Or, better stated, the landmine accident survivors his small organization is trying to assist have a problem. The survivors live in the mountainous Karen state, partly controlled by Burmese troops and partly by the separatist Karen National Union. Most of the amputees cannot or will not escape east to Thailand to get access to physical mobility devices from international aid groups there. Neither can they cross the military front to the west to seek support from the limited medical services available in Burma. To make matters worse, many of the Karen mine survivors are homeless, displaced by the fighting or the presence of landmines in their villages, which are often considered rebel support bases by government troops.



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