» 03/08/2012, 00.00
Sima's redemption after her father disfigured her because he wanted a boy
She sings, dances, plays, does well in school and plays tricks. Since January, she has been living in Shehonir, a "House of caring' run by Sr Dipika who gives her love to Sima and the other children: orphans, poor or physically disabled. Although living away from home, her mother can always visit her when she wants.
The story of Sima, a girl her father disfigured with acid at age of ten months
The girl, who is now ten years old, is at peace with herself but will have to undergo operations throughout her life because the acid damaged her facial muscles and her skin is not growing as fast as her skeleton. After spending three months in prison, the father repudiated his wife and created a new family. At the same time, he was pocketing Sima’s disability money. Thanks to Giovanna Danieletto, an Italian businesswoman, the girl will now have a new home and be able to go to school.
Dhaka Church bids farewell to Fr. Sima: He created hymns and texts that will remain forever
The priest, 76, composed more than 100 sacred songs in the Bengali language used every day in parishes across the country. He taught at the seminary and translated all the texts of the Second Vatican Council. Priests and faithful deeply moved: "He gave his all for the faith, may he rest in the arms of the Lord."
Bangladesh: acid attacks, women and children the most affected group
Since 1999, 2,496 cases of acid attacks, according to data from the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF). In 2010, 72% of cases of girls and women between 18 and 34 years. Growing attacks on men, over property related issues.
Bangladesh: two young brothers, victims of a family feud, disfigured with acid.
Their father’s first wife demanded a sum of money and a piece of land. The target of the attack was the boy’s mother; on not finding here the women and her brother attacked the children. In ten years Bangladesh has seen 2200 acid attacks.
Acid, the new weapon for disfiguring women
Wives, daughters, girls are punished by having acid thrown on them, permanently disfiguring them. The government prohibits the sale of the corrosive liquids, but they are easily found on the market. The phenomenon is spreading. The victims now include children and adult males.
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