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Mutilated Afghan Teen to Have Surgery in US


A mutilated Afghan woman, who appeared on a recent cover of Time magazine, has arrived in the United States where she will undergo reconstructive surgery.

The 18-year-old, named Aisha, will decide with doctors at the Grossman Burn Foundation in Los Angeles in the U.S. western state of California how to replace her nose, which was sliced off by her abusive husband. Her ears were also hacked off.

Aisha, who has been identified only by her first name, says her nose was cut off as punishment by the Taliban for running away from her abusive husband and in-laws.

Activists and human rights workers say they are glad Aisha is getting treatment, but note that thousands of other women continue to be victims of domestic violence in Afghanistan.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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