Afghan schoolgirl scarred in acid attack now a teacher

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When attackers threw acid in Shamsia Husseini's face outside her school in Afghanistan, she defied them by returning to class — and now she has struck another blow for female education by becoming a teacher herself.

Shamsia suffered severe burns on her eyelids and cheeks in the November 2008 assault, which generated global publicity, with then US first lady Laura Bush condemning it as a "cowardly and shameful" crime.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai vowed to hang the men who had attacked Shamsia as she walked to the all-girls' Mirwais Mena school on the outskirts of Kandahar city.

One man, wearing a mask, asked Shamsia if she was going to school. Then he tore off her veil and pumped acid from a spray gun onto her face.

Several other pupils were hurt in a series of similar acid attacks that morning, but Shamsia and her friends refused to abandon their lessons and persuaded their reluctant parents to support the school staying open.

Five years on, Shamsia, now aged 22, is still in the classroom — but now she stands in front of an energetic bunch of nine and 10-year-old girls.

Written By: AFP
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22 COMMENTS

    • In reply to #1 by Stafford Gordon:

      Somebody please explain to me what this cultural trait is supposed to achieve.

      It allows inadequate men to terrorise all women and “keep them in their place” (I.e. where other inadequate men have placed them)

  1. What courage! What determination! What an indomitable spirit.I’d probably be skulking in a dark corner,afraid of everything if such a dreadful thing had happened to me.

    One of the dirty,lowdown cowards who attacked this young woman lives close by and watches her go to school! And NO ACTION is taken against him!

    These children are so enthusiastic about learning against terrible odds.Hope that kids who are free to learn anything they want to would show such a desire for education.

  2. Well done Shamsia! This is THE best response to those cowardly, blinded by a fanatic, misogynist cult stuck in the 7th Century called islam and purportedly supported by 1.3 billion followers. jcw

  3. One of the vilest things a man could do to a child…..those male peasants in Afghan – Pakistan’s archaic regions are so malicious and cruel, why is that place so backwards and why do the Taliban types resist any progress, not only that but also reject the small progress of others, It must be terrifying to be living there and remain un protected from these random idiots….Female bravery knows no bounds…but in places like this they are even braver…..What are all the decent men doing standing by and watching these bullies….gang up and fix the bastards….

    • In reply to #4 by Light Wave:

      Female bravery knows no bounds…but in places like this they are even braver…..What are all the decent men doing standing by and watching these bullies….gang up and fix the bastards….

      I can usually be found eager to roll out any number of to my mind unassailable arguments against drone strikes. To instantly shut me up just mention these subhuman troglodytes.

      • In reply to #9 by godsbuster:

        I can usually be found eager to roll out any number of to my mind unassailable arguments against drone strikes. To instantly shut me up just mention these subhuman troglodytes

        Not subhuman unfortunately, any more than those who are ripping the flesh from the bones of men, women and children with drone strikes from the comfort and convenience of their office chairs.

        • In reply to #10 by aldous:

          In reply to #9 by godsbuster:

          I can usually be found eager to roll out any number of to my mind unassailable arguments against drone strikes. To instantly shut me up just mention these subhuman troglodytes

          Not subhuman unfortunately, any more than those who are ripping the flesh from the bones of men, women and children with drone strikes from the comfort and convenience of their office chairs.

          That would be one of my numerous arguments against drone strikes if you are referencing innocent victims – you seem to leave that rather somewhat disingenuously vague. If the target of the drone strike is his holiness the holy acid sprayer en route to blinding his next schoolgirl victim in the service of his religion or his imam who thus inspires him I would be duty bound to take a seat in that office chair and you would be ill-advised to prevent me from flicking the switch that needs to be flicked.

          • In reply to #15 by godsbuster:

            That would be one of my numerous arguments against drone strikes if you are referencing innocent victims – you seem to leave that rather somewhat disingenuously vague

            My issue with drones has nothing to do with the fact that they are drones. I would feel exactly the same if it were a cruise missile launched from an F-16 or a Navy Seal team. The issue is due process. We have no way of knowing exactly who is being targeted, nor what the evidence against them is, nor how many collateral damage civilians are deemed an acceptable cost for each strike. On all those issues we have to take the US government’s word for it. Or rather we would if the US government would talk about drone strikes. Until recently, they didn’t even acknowledge that the strikes were taking place and even now everything is so sheathed in the classified excuse that they don’t even go public most of the time with what they know or how they know it let alone give the people who are targeted a chance to defend themselves, hear evidence, etc.

            If it weren’t brown, poor, Muslim people being killed there would be a lot more concern over this. Think about it all you in the UK our government is saying we have the right to kill YOU, yes you, anyone that isn’t a US citizen can be arbitrarily marked for death and the “evidence” that they are a terrorist is locked away in some classified files that no one outside the US government, and even not many inside the government, can see. This is bad enough with any president but imagine what a future president Romney or Cruz might do with this kind of power. Imagine how you would feel if your neighbor’s flat blew up and the US said “oh sorry but he was a terrorist and so was everyone living there but no of course we can’t tell you how we know that”

    • In reply to #4 by Light Wave: “why is that place so backwards and why do the Taliban types resist any progress, not only that but also reject the small progress of others”
      You already know the answer. I’ll give you a hint. It starts with a capital “I”.

      One of the vilest things a man could do to a child…..those male peasants in Afghan – Pakistan’s archaic regions are so malicious and cruel, why is that place so backwards and why do the Taliban types resist any progress, not only that but also reject the small progress of others, It must be terrif…

      • In reply to #12 by Free Speech:

        In reply to #4 by Light Wave: “why is that place so backwards and why do the Taliban types resist any progress, not only that but also reject the small progress of others”
        You already know the answer. I’ll give you a hint. It starts with a capital “I”.

        I was thinking that surely there must be decent Afghan men in these villages……why do they just stand by and watch their daughters being targeted…the girls and women are braver than the men as they continue to go to school and some become teachers and world changers who have to walk past the intimidating attackers everyday of their lives….decent local men should aspire to ‘peoples justice’ whatever religion they are…surely they know how sick and wrong this acid attack was…..and the rest…..like Mallala
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        One of the vilest things a man could do to a…

  4. If this happened to my daughter I would be incandescent with rage and want to kill the men or at least to test their response to battery acid. Were that to happen would it be an ‘honour’ killing (or mutilation)?

    From indiatimes.com -
    ‘nine suspects arrested after the attack gave questionable confessions and were later released.’

    What are ‘questionable confessions’? Were these extorted and therefore failing by design perhaps? As Shamsia says, ‘ There is no justice’ and there I suspect her idea of justice is one with which we can agree, unlike that society’s despicable notions of ‘honour’.

    Are any males there educated?, by which I don’t mean attending madrassas.

    ps – Before anyone takes this literally… I wouldn’t do it!

    • In reply to #6 by Geoff 21:You wouldn’t do it? I would.

      If this happened to my daughter I would be incandescent with rage and want to kill the men or at least to test their response to battery acid. Were that to happen would it be an ‘honour’ killing (or mutilation)?

      From indiatimes.com -
      ‘nine suspects arrested after the attack gave questionable confes…

    • In reply to #8 by aldous:

      To further the cause of reforming Islam, support progressive Muslims. The 50% that’s female is a great source of hope.

      The females of this planet are almost humanity’s only source of hope.

  5. Another hero! The world need to hold this woman up as a hero and make the garbage who did this to her suffer the vilification that they deserve. How do we make her heroism and their cowardice go viral?

  6. In reply to #16 by Red Dog:

    In reply to #15 by godsbuster:

    That would be one of my numerous arguments against drone strikes if you are referencing innocent victims – you seem to leave that rather somewhat disingenuously vague

    My issue with drones has nothing to do with the fact that they are drones. I would feel exactly the…

    Again, you continue kicking in open doors, reciting from the standard catalogue of objections to drone strikes that thinking persons already subscribe to. Let me tweak the scenario to see if we can move this exchange along. Think of it as one of those trolley experiments; Muhammad is on his way to carry out an acid strike on a school girl. Now, ideally we would sit down to have tea with him and his acid throwers in arms and dissuade them with pleasant conversation not only from this upcoming attack but any and all future attacks. But it is a bit late in the game for that. As it would be in, say, your standard issue US school/university/post-office/airport etc. -shooting rampage.

    Is this our failing as a civilization? We can have that discussion but it would seem to be a bit of a sumptuous luxury to have it 10 minutes before acid meets face. Yet you seem to insist on having it anyway.

    • If this president Hamid Karzai really cared for this issue, then he would have brought forth extra laws and permit
      laws making all the more difficult to acquire battery acid, instead of blowing his trumpet about hanging men, just to sound like a tough man.

      That said this lady is such an inspiration! I’m just awe struck by her bravery!

    • In reply to #18 by godsbuster:

      Muhammad is on his way to carry out an acid strike on a school girl.

      These drone strikes are miraculously precise and the accuracy of the intelligence on which they are based is truly god-like.

      • In reply to #20 by aldous:

        In reply to #18 by godsbuster:

        These drone strikes are miraculously precise and the accuracy of the intelligence on which they are based is truly god-like.

        If we have now understood the need for intervention and have moved on to discussing the methodology rationally I’ll take that as progress. The sarcasm in your tone announcing the obvious and universally understood issues with current drone technology, however, suggest that emotion rather than reason would rule such a discussion.

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