Aisha, the mutilated Afghan girl featured on TIME cover, gets new nose

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Aisha, the mutilated Afghan girl featured on TIME cover, gets new nose

Post by 4hams on Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:01 am

Aisha, the mutilated Afghan girl featured on TIME cover, gets new nose
Johnna Ruocco October 13, 2010 – 9:30 am

Jodi Bieber/Institute for TIME
The TIME magazine cover dated Aug. 9, 2010 showing a photograph of a disfigured woman from Afghanistan, and the words "What Happens if We Leave Afghanistan." It is a portrait of Aisha, who was sentenced by a Taliban commander to have her nose and ears cut off for fleeing her abusive in-laws.

The young Afghan woman on the cover of Time magazine in July who had had her nose and ears cut off by her husband has a new nose.
Bibi Aisha has received a new prosthetic nose. The work was carried out by, The Grossman Burn Foundation, which campaigns across the globe on the issue of violence against women, in addition to performing free plastic surgery work.

Two years ago, Aisha, who was 16 at the time, was married to a man she never met and spent two years enduring abuse and torture from his family, whom she alleged are members of the Taliban members.
She ran away, only to be found and taken to Taliban court by her husband (whom she was meeting for the first time) for dishonouring his family and bringing them shame. It was ruled her nose and ears were to be cut off, an act carried out by her husband.

Aisha, now 18, had her surgery performed in California, by foundation surgeon Peter Grossman. Her new face is online here.
She was widely photographed and filmed earlier this week at a benefit ceremony put on by the foundation, where she received the Enduring Heart award which was presented by California first lady Maria Shriver.
“This is the first Enduring Heart award given to a woman whose heart endures and who shows us all what it means to have love and to be the enduring heart,” Ms. Shriver said.
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