Afghan Girls Return To School Despite Acid Attack

02/13/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • DEXTER FILKINS Nytimes.com

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- One morning two months ago, Shamsia Husseini and her sister were walking through the muddy streets to the local girls school when a man pulled alongside Shamsia on a motorcycle and posed what seemed like an ordinary question.

"Are you going to school?"

Then the man pulled Shamsia's burqa from her head and sprayed her face with burning acid. Scars, jagged and discolored, spread across Shamsia's eyelids and most of her left cheek. These days, her vision goes blurry, making it hard for her to read.

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