Poster girl of Taliban unveils her new face

A young Afghan girl, whose nose was sliced off by her militant husband, has unveiled her new face.

Updated: Oct 13, 2010, 17:48 PM IST

London: A young Afghan girl, who went on
to become a poster girl of Taliban oppression in Afghanistan
after her nose was sliced off by her militant husband, has
unveiled her new face to the world.

19-year-old Alisha triggered a worldwide outpouring of
sympathy after her plight was highlighted by the `Time`
magazine which put her on the front cover to draw attention to
sufferings of women in Afghanistan.

The girl, thanks to pioneering surgery by American
surgeons, got a new nose and appeared before the cameras to
receive an Enduring Heart Award by a foundation which paid for
her operation in Los Angeles, `The Telegraph` reported.

Alisha was 12 when her father married her to a Taliban
fighter to repay a debt. She was handed over to the militant`s
family, abused and made to sleep in a stable with animals.

Depressed due to ill treatment by her husband and
in-laws, she tried to escape and her nose and ears were sliced
off by her husband as punishment.

After being left for dead in the mountains, Alisha
crawled to her grandfather`s house from where she was rushed
to an American medical facility.

The Grossman Burn Foundation flew her to America in
August where she had a prosthetic nose fitted at the West
Hills hospital and the doctors say she would be given a "more
permanent" solution soon.

This might involve rebuilding her nose and ears, using
bone, tissue and cartilage from other parts of the body.

Till then, Alisha is back to her old joyful ways.

"This is an award given to a woman whose heart
endures," said the Californian First Lady Maria Shriver, wife
of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who presented the award to
a girl who never thought she would see life again.

PTI