Thai Rice Farmer Volunteers At Cave And Comes Home To Destroyed Farm
July 11, 2018
Mae Bua Chaicheun owns about five acres of land in a small village near the mountain where the boys soccer team was trapped in the cave.
Her rice paddies were destroyed by the 130 million liters of water that was pumped out of the cave during the rescue mission.
Mae Bua Chaicheun / Photo credit: ABC News, Billy Cooper
The waters had flooded her rice fields.
"When I got home the water was two feet deep, and the young plants were flooded," Chaicheun told ABC News.
But Chaicheun does not care about her flooded crops, she's just thankful the team made it out alive.
"Children are more important than rice. We can regrow rice but we can't regrow the children," she said.
Photo credit: ABC News / Billy Cooper
When news broke that an entire soccer team was trapped in a cave, Chaicheun dropped everything and headed to the mountainside to help.
Chaicheun spent a week at the cave, cooking meals for the rescue workers.
She says the rescue effort has helped to unite Thais all over the country.
"I feel people have shown more love towards each other," she said. "There's such a strong community spirit, people all wanting to help each other."
As for Chaicheun's farm, she remains optimistic and plans to harvest a crop later this year.
Dad Is Admiring A Car In The Parking Lot, Then His Daughter Hands Him The Keys
Wife Throws Husband A Vasectomy Party
Principal Was Ready To Quit, Then She Heard What This Student Said About Her
She Just Lost Her Husband, Then Bob The Disfigured Angel Cat Shows Up
This Zoo Will Name A Cockroach After Your Ex And Then Feed It To A Meerkat On Valentine's Day
People Are Sharing The Craziest Coincidence They Have Ever Experienced
Forecast Was Freezing Rain, But He Had To Go Check It Out
Watch Rudy The Bulldog Crush The 2019 WKC Masters Agility Course
Hospital Nurses Give A Mother Her Dying Wish
Dog Shares Her Treat And It's The Cutest Thing Ever
Mother Dog Cries For Help For Her Wounded Puppy. Watch The Rescue And Reunion!