The Love of a Mother and Her 3 Year-old Daughter, who Were Attacked With Acid by Their Husband/Father

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.

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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 Mehri (29) with her daughter Rana Afghanipour Somayeh Mehri (29) and her daughter Rana Afghanipour (3) give each other a kiss. Since their disfigurement in an acid attack, they say, others don’t like to kiss them.

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 Mehri (29) and Rana Afghanipour

Somayeh’s father sold his land in order to raise money to pay…

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The Love of a Mother and Her 3 Year-old Daughter, who Were Attacked With Acid by Their Husband/Father

8 thoughts on “The Love of a Mother and Her 3 Year-old Daughter, who Were Attacked With Acid by Their Husband/Father

  1. I wish I was there to give them both a kiss. I did see the images before I read your red words. But that is because the title was not new to me. I have read about these kinds of attacks several times before. Horrific!!! It is heart breaking and unbelievable that such things happen in our world even today.

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    1. I also was more taken by the tenderness of the first picture, and the little girl’s beauty in the second, than I was by the actual disfigurement once the initial shock subsided, and then I felt a little guilty that I was shocked at all. I’ve spent quite a few years as a first aid attendant, and I have seen mangled body parts, so it shouldn’t have hit me quite that hard. And I agree with you completely that it just shouldn’t happen in a modern civilization, but maybe we just give ourselves too much credit, or maybe I’m still a little upset. I do greatly appreciate your taking the time to comment and the sensitivity of your comment.

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    1. I know what you mean. The very fact that it was that horrible is why I thought the world needed to be aware of it. I hope you weren’t too shocked by the images, that’s why I added the warning before the pictures.

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      1. Quite recently, I discovered that I have lived a cushioned life and did not really need that so many things I take for granted are being prayed for…even in the area I live in…

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      2. There is no reason to feel bad about enjoying the blessings God has bestowed upon you, as long as your heart is open to feeling love and compassion also for those who may not have as much. I don’t think God judges us on what we have as much as He judges us on what we are willing to give. You are still very young, and have lots of time to do many things with your life to make God very happy, and that’s what really counts. Not what we have or haven’t done yet, but what we will do in the future now that we know better what God expects of us. God Bless.

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