Man offers to sell family's eyes, kidneys

Man offers to sell family's eyes, kidneys

Rakthewa Khapim-udomlarp of Ubon Ratchathani's Khemarat district, his wife and their two sons, and the signs outside their home offering to sell their eyes and kidneys. (Photo: Good Governance Post Press Agency Facebook page)
Rakthewa Khapim-udomlarp of Ubon Ratchathani's Khemarat district, his wife and their two sons, and the signs outside their home offering to sell their eyes and kidneys. (Photo: Good Governance Post Press Agency Facebook page)

A man has offered to sell his family's eyes and kidneys to raise money after his house and land were seized because he was a guarantor for a friend's purchase of a farm tractor.

Rakthewa Khapim-udomlarp, 48, works for the local government in Ubon Ratchathani province.

He signed as guarantor for the purchase of an 860,000-baht tractor by the wife of a local policeman. She failed to pay the monthly instalments and he was held responsible for the debt.

Mr Rakthewa, his wife and their two sons were in the middle of a 100-kilometre walk in pouring rain on Thursday, from their home to the provincial capital. They planned to ask the prime minister for help when he visits there on Friday.

The family earlier put up signs in front of their house, offering to sell the eyes and kidneys of all four members of the family to get the money to save their house and land, Thai media reported.

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Vocabulary

  • debt (noun): an amount of money that you owe - หนี้, นี้สิน
  • guarantor: a person who agrees to be responsible for somebody or for making sure that something happens or is done - ผู้ค้ำประกัน
  • instalments (noun): payments made every month/year to pay for something or pay back a loan - งวด, งวดเงินผ่อน, เงินผ่อน
  • kidney: one of the two organs in your body that clean your blood and remove waste - ไต
  • pouring: raining very heavily - ฝนตกหนักมาก
  • provincial (adj): related to "provinces" , the different parts of a country - ประจำจังหวัด, ส่วนท้องถิ่น
  • responsible (adj): having a duty to do something - มีความรับผิดชอบ
  • seize (verb): to take something using force - ยึด, จับกุม
  • tractor (noun): a farm vehicle - แทรกเตอร์, รถแทรกเตอร์, รถไถ
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