NAOMI ONI, AN ACID ATTACK VICTIM, SHARES HER STORY AND IT IS INSPIRING
Naomi Oni, an acid attack victim has opened up about the day her life changed forever after a strange person throw the hot liquid on her.
Naomi was just five minutes from her house. She says that at that moment she felt very uneasy and attempted to cross the road to distance herself from the stranger. But as she turned her head, she felt a splash and what happened next will forever be like a dream.
According to her,
“I remember being on my way home, getting something to eat. ‘I got off the bus and I was on the phone to my boyfriend. ‘I had a funny feeling – I looked behind me and saw a person in a niqab. I don’t remember hearing footsteps or seeing anyone getting off the bus after me
No words were spoken. There was no dialogue. I looked back and remember the person just staring at me. The eyes were cold – it was a cold stare.
That’s when I thought, someone’s out to kill me. I thought, “this person is not going to take my life”. I just started running straight home. I knew it was acid. It feels like something is eating away at your skin. I felt it most on my scalp, more than on my face.
After the attack I asked “why me?” I work so hard, I’m a good person. I was shouting all sorts of things. I started to question so many things. Am I a bad person? I don’t argue, I don’t like confrontation. Being an only child I shy away from it. I like to keep myself to myself in my own little corner.’
“The attack has had a huge impact on my life. I’ve found it difficult to get close to people since the attack, especially after being betrayed so terribly by someone I thought was a friend.
“I’ve got scarring on my face, neck and chest and there have been times when I’ve felt suicidal
“After the attack I couldn’t bear to look in the mirror or leave the house.
When I saw my face, I couldn’t stop crying. I thought, “Who’s going to want to marry me like this?” I felt so low, I didn’t want to live.’
‘The guy I was seeing looked past my scars to the person I am inside
He said I was gorgeous and completely took me by surprise – he approached me in the street and said he’d read about my story and thought I was so inspirational that he wanted to take me out
Things didn’t work out with us and we’re just friends, but it’s boosted my self-esteem.
It made me realise the attack doesn’t have to ruin my life.”
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February 19, 2018
February 19, 2018