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Om Prakash Bhadrecha - India

I was planning to become a police inspector near my home on the border between India and Pakistan. I was engaged to be married. The day I stepped on a landmine changed everything.

Not long ago I went to get some tea for the Indian soldiers working on the border. They were laying mines to "protect" us, but they hadn't carefully marked the mined areas. I stepped on one of these mines one kilometer from my house. My right foot was blasted off. The experience was extremely painful, and the nearest hospital was 22 kilometers away.

My parents are farmers and don't make much money, but they have had to pay thousands of dollars for my medical costs.

My dreams were shattered. I had to give up my goal of being a police inspector. My fiancée’s parents called off our marriage.

Disabled people should get medical help and fair treatment in society. India, the US and all over governments should ban this weapon so what happened to me won't happen to others.

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