"The day I lost my leg was the day my husband left me“, Lilly, widow with 4 children from Uganda
Lily is a Ugandan woman with four children: a girl aged 28, a boy aged 25, a boy aged 14 and a girl aged 3 (from her second husband who is now deceased). She is also the grandmother of a 5-year-old grandson.
"As I was returning to my house from the fields, the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army
) were all over my village and made themselves at home in my yard. The UPDF (Uganda People’s Defence Force
) soldiers were approaching and forced the LRA to retreat into the bush, while they were fleeing, they planted landmines everywhere.
I was last of the 6 women on the way home after a day’s work in the fields. It was already dark an as I stepped on a landmine, I heard a noise, and then the blast. My 5 friends fled in fear and left me laying there, bleeding, fully conscious and in terrible pain. I battled death all night long, until they came to rescue me in the morning.
The Red Cross ambulance took me to the Gulu Regional Referral Hospital where I finally let go and lost my consciousness. When I woke up I realized my leg was cut off and the immediate thought was: How will I now work to feed my children? Without a leg, I cannot live!
But after I was fitted with a prosthetic leg, I slowly started to walk again and managed to put my life back together and work again. I am land mine survivor, I have been abandoned by my first husband, I am a widow from my second, but I am grateful to God that I am alive and could take care of my 4 children.
When I received the new Swissleg
I couldn’t believe how light it was. I walk so much easier with it, especially because I must walk long distances, it is less tiring".