You will probably remember the startling magazine cover of the beautiful young Afghan woman, Aisha, looking into the camera with a large portion of her nose missing. Another tragic story of a woman’s life as a Muslim wife in an Islamic country. See a video below.
The TIME magazine cover was shocking but this lovely and courageous woman of only 19-years-old wanted the world to know about her plight…to see what happened to her as she tried to escape from her marriage to a Taliban thug who sliced her nose and ears off.
“When they cut off my nose and ears, I passed out,” she told CNN. “In the middle of the night it felt like there was cold water in my nose. I opened my eyes and I couldn’t even see because of all the blood.”
After being left for dead in the mountains, she crawled to her grandfather’s house and was taken to an American medical facility.
Following time time at a shelter in Kabul, she was flown to the US by the Grossman Burn Foundation in August and stayed with an American family.
This month, she had a prosthetic nose fitted at the West Hills Hospital. Dr Peter H Grossman said they hoped to give Aisha a more “permanent solution”.
This might involve rebuilding her nose and ears using bone, tissue and cartilage from other parts of her body.
What happens now to Aisha? Can she stay in the U.S.? Does she want to? How many Aisha’s are out there? Aisha’s TIME cover asks: What Happens If We Leave Afghanistan? A good follow-up statement to that question is, God Bless America as America continues to bless the World with courage and compassion.