If anyone out there who is reading this has seen the images attached to this Reblog before they’ve had a chance to read these words (I don’t reblog often enough to know exactly how it works), please know you have my apologies if you were shocked in any way. If these words did get to you before the images, then know that what follows is very explicit, and could be very disturbing to a young child, and truly, even an adult. They are images of an Iranian woman and her child who were the victims of an acid attack by the woman’s husband, the child’s father. As horrendous as the images are, I see them as images of love. The first image alone is of the woman and child kissing and the caption is the woman’s words as she explains that her and the child like to kiss because since the attack, no one else like’s to kiss them. When I read those words, I cried. So hopefully, if my words have come before the pictures, you now have the chance to prepare yourselves for what follows. But the way I see it, if this woman was willing to let the world see her in this condition with the hope that it would somehow help others in her country, the least we can do is honor her wish by observing what she and her child, and many others in her country, and many other countries, have had to suffer through, as they wait for change to come.
Somayeh Mehri (29) and Rana Afghanipour (3) are a mother and daughter living in Bam, southern Iran.
They were attacked with acid by Somayeh’s husband Amir.
Somayeh had frequently been beaten and locked up by her husband, and finally found the courage to ask for a divorce. Amir warned her that if she persisted in her attempts to leave him, she would not live out life with the face she had.
One night in June 2011, he poured acid on Somayeh and Rana as they slept. Somayeh’s and Rana’s faces, hands, and, in places, their bodies were severely burned. Somayeh was blinded, and Rana lost one of her eyes.
Somayeh’s father sold his land in order to raise money to pay…
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