Thursday September 24, 2015
Burns are common where families use wood fire to cook or heat their dwelling. Fires and cooking pots on the ground are right at child-level. Children wear cotton cloth wrapped around the body which can also catch fire.
One little boy put his arm in a pot of water being heated for baths. That was 2 years ago. Now he’s 5 and will soon be in school, and he cannot fully extend his one arm because of burn scar at the elbow.
Separate from the hospital is the cook house building. Families cook in a forty-foot long open hearth. Children enjoy beans, rice and vegetables. Families may keep chickens, goats and cows.