Supan Kota thought his world was over when he stepped on a landmine in 1981.
The native of Aranyaprathet, one of the most mine-plagued districts in Thailand, managed to survive, although his right leg needed to be amputated.
But he refused to give up.
From the first day he learned to use a prosthetic leg, Supan acquired skills and later became a prosthesis maker.
He has gone on to become the head of the prosthesis production section at Aranyaprathet Hospital. Supan is one of more than 1,000 landmine survivors in Thailand.
His life, together with that of seven other survivors, is portrayed at a photo exhibition called "The Landmine Survivors" by freelance photographer Supachai Ketkaroonkul.
One for 10 days, it is organised by the Foreign Affairs Ministry to mark the international day for mine awareness and assistance in mine action, which falls today.
The photos taken by Supachai is a sequel to the work by fellow photographer Panitan Kitsakul, who in 2003 told the story of the eight survivors through his lenses. Panitan's works will also be on display in the exhibition in a "before and after" format.
The show opens at 5pm on 4 April at the Living Hall 1, 3rd floor, Siam Paragon department store. It runs until April 14. Admission is free. Call 02-203-5000 ext 12241.
April 04, 2013 to April 14, 2013
- Open days
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
11:00 to 21:00
Living Hall 1, 3rd floor, Siam Paragon Department Store, 991/1, Rama I Rd., Pathum Wan, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
- Phone number
+66 (0) 2-203-5000 ext 12241
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