Do­na­tions needed for acid at­tack vic­tim

The Myanmar Times - - News - SHOON NAING shoonnaing@mm­times.com

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 akhayapc@gmail.com or on 09-5063299 or 09-795-706-265.

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