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Tuesday
Oct122010

Mutilated Afghan Woman Unveils New Nose

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- An Afghan woman whose nose was cut off by her husband under the Taliban's authoritarian rule was honored this weekend at an event in California, where she unveiled her new prosthetic nose for the first time.

The woman, known as Ayesha, received the Enduring Heart Award at a benefit for the Grossman Burn Foundation, the Los Angeles-area organization that provided her facial reconstruction.  She came to the United States in August to undergo eight months of reconstructive procedures and is living with host families in California, accompanied by aides who are fluent in her language.

Ayesha receives round-the-clock care and regular counseling. The long process of reconstructive surgery continues, but this month, Ayesha was fitted with a special prosthesis, which she can apply herself every day with a special skin adhesive.

Once known simply as "Bibi," she was married to a man in the Taliban when she was 12 years old.  After enduring years of abuse, including being forced to sleep in the stables with animals, Ayesha tried to run away, but was caught. The village men handed down her sentence, and Ayesha's husband sliced off her nose and ears while his brother held her down.

Left for dead, she managed to crawl to her uncle's house, but he refused to help. A relative finally took her to a hospital run by an American military medical team where she remained for more than two months.

Ayesha's story grabbed world headlines when her disfigured face was featured on the cover of Time magazine.

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