Story summary: Many villagers in Nepal still cook over an open fire in their homes, which burns on the floor without protection. Babies and toddlers often crawl or walk into a fire when left unattended in their small homes. They also can grab hot food or tea from the fire, which spills and burns them. Estimates are difficult to calculate, but it is all too common in rural Nepalese villages to see children who are severely disabled by their burns.

CAPTION: Sanjay Tamang, 13, bathes at the Disabled Newlife Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal with the help of the centre's assistant, Sharmila, who does not use a last name. Tamang suffered severe burns to his feet after walking into his family's cooking fire at a young age, resulting in the amputation of both feet. (image by David Ryder)
Story summary: Many villagers in Nepal still cook over an open fire in their homes, which burns on the floor without protection. Babies and toddlers often crawl or walk into a fire when left unattended in their small homes. They also can grab hot food or tea from the fire, which spills and burns them. Estimates are difficult to calculate, but it is all too common in rural Nepalese villages to see children who are severely disabled by their burns. CAPTION: Sanjay Tamang, 13, bathes at the Disabled Newlife Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal with the help of the centre's assistant, Sharmila, who does not use a last name. Tamang suffered severe burns to his feet after walking into his family's cooking fire at a young age, resulting in the amputation of both feet.
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