Some of you who follow our work might remember Ms. Zhang (name changed to protect her identity). After a quarrel in July 2011, her husband threw acid at her and her son, she shielded her son but 15% of her body was burnt. Relatives of her husband told her he committed suicide afterwards, but this has proven very difficult to confirm.
Our organization raised money for her online to pay for some of the medical bills. The original story in Chinese is here.
Recently, Ms. Zhang sent us this photo of a cross stitch she just finished. After the domestic violence incident, she is weary of appearing in public because of the prominent scars on her face, and not being able to see out of her right eye also adds to the inconvenience. She therefore spends long hours at home cross-stitching.
Ms. Zhang divides her life into two stages- before the domestic violence incident, and after, to which she refers to as “before I got sick” and “after I got sick”. She is still in considerable financial difficulty given that she doesn’t have a job and has a son to support.
Apart from solving her financial problems, she hopes that one day, she will be able to undergo plastic surgery so she will stop receiving strange looks wherever she goes.
As a non-proft organization, we wish we have better news to report, however the truth is the road for a domestic violence victim is not an easy one. We can only truthfully report the latest of Mrs. Zhang’s situation.
We will continue to do what we can and if you are interested in buying the above cross stitch (1.8m long, 80cm wide), please contact us.