Alina’s Story

Alina’s Story

Alina Bibi was a housewife with 5 children living in the remote village of Jatooi in southern Punjab of Pakistan. On 2nd September 1997 at 4 am, while Alina was sleeping at her home with her 8-year-old daughter Sara, criminals attacked and burnt Alina with acid. Her face and arms were badly burnt and the ear of her daughter was completely burnt.
An FIR was registered but Alina went for out of court settlement and both mother and daughter were under treatment which stopped when they could no longer afford it. Alina’s contractures would not allow her to move her arm and she experienced a great deal of difficulty and pain managing her household chores.
This continued for nearly a decade until Alina was approached by ASF in January 2007. At ASF NCRU, Alina received medical and psychological rehabilitation with a range of successful surgical procedures. Now she has turned to life again, being an active housewife, and has happily become an agent of change fighting against acid violence: Alina has accompanied and referred two survivors to ASF for medical and legal help.