Donations needed for acid attack victim
A WOMEN’S group is calling for public contributions to support a young victim of an acid attack earlier this year in Mon State.
Akhaya Women Myanmar says that the victim, who was severely injured in the attack, is in urgent need of surgery, most immediately on one of her eyes and her neck.
The 23-year old woman, who has not been named, was attacked by her ex-boyfriend on May 22 in Thanbyuzayat township.
“Her eyes, ears, face and right side of her body were deformed [in the attack]. Her throat, shoulder, chest and hands were severely burnt. One of her eyes needs urgent surgery to help her regain her eyesight. Another is needed to restore mobility to her neck,” said a statement by Akhaya Women Myanmar.
The victim also requires advanced treatment to her face and to her ear, which is currently being kept open by a piece of plastic piping that allows her to hear.
Akhaya Women Myanmar are asking for public contributions to cover the woman’s surgery costs, which are estimated to be between K15 and K20 million.
“We’ve already collected K2.2 million from the ‘No Acid Attack in Myanmar’ community dialogue … All these donations have already been handed over to the victim,” said Akhaya Women Myanmar.
Those who donate will be recognised on the group’s Facebook page, where their name and the amount of their contribution will be posted.
The perpetrator of the attack has been detained by the authorities and is undergoing trial in Mon State, according to Daw Win Win Khine from the Akhaya Women Myanmar.
“[The perpetrator’s] case is still in trial. Currently the complainant’s witnesses are being examined,” she said.
The acid attack survivor is scheduled to undergo surgery on October 27 in Bangkok. Donations can be made through Akhaya Women Myanmar at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 09-5063299 or 09-795-706-265.