Published: Tue 26 Feb 2013
Afghan's brave Time cover girl Aesha Mohammadzai exclusively reveals new nose after reconstructive surgery
22-year-old Aesha was mutilated for trying to flee abusive marriage.
A young Afghan woman whose nose and ears were cut off after she fled an abusive marriage has revealed exclusively to Daybreak the results of the reconstructive surgery to rebuild her face.
Aesha Mohammadzai became famous across the world after her picture appeared on the cover of Time magazine. The 19-year-old girl became a symbol of the oppression of women in Afghanistan; three years later and she has a new face and life.
Aesha's wounds are healing, but she lives with the scars of an ordeal few could imagine. For the first time on television, speaking to Daybreak, she told the story behind that photograph.
She said: “Every day I was abused by my husband and his family. Mentally and physically. Then one day it became unbearable so I ran away.
“They caught me and put me in jail for five months. When I came out the judge sent me back to my husband. That night they took me to the mountains. They tied my hands and my feet. They said my punishment was to cut my nose and ears. And then they started to do it."
Today, Aesha lives in America. Helped out of Afghanistan by a charity, she now has a new family who care for her as one of their own.
Aesha said she is “happy” with her new nose and wants her experience to tell a new story, this time one of hope. She said: “I want to tell all women who are suffering abuse to be strong. Never give up and don’t lose hope.”
If information is used please credit: ITV's Daybreak. High res photos attached, credit: Dan Martland/ITV