Zim woman suffers acid attack in SA

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A South Africa-based refugee rights group, People Against Suffering Oppression and Poverty (Passop), is lobbying and mobilising resources to assist a Zimbabwean woman who was attacked with acid by South African man last week.

According to a Press release issued yesterday by Passop, the woman has turned to social networking to share her experiences and raise funds to facilitate her operation.

The statement said the woman withheld her identity as she was yet to inform her family of the “horrific” attack she suffered and also feared for her safety as the attack was still being investigated.

She is being referred to only as Susan, which is not her real name.

“Susan has been through a terrible attack in Cape Town where a man randomly threw acid into her face while she was in a mini-taxi on her way home from work. She is now trying to rebuild her life and raise the money for facial reconstruction,” said the statement.

“About R450 000 is needed to complete the surgery. Should she raise the funds she will still have to endure many traumatic operations and about four years of rehabilitation,” Passop said in a statement.

“She has made the decision to open a Facebook and Twitter account in an attempt to share her views and experiences and also to raise funds for her surgery.”