October 12th, 2010
02:24 PM ET

New face, new life

Aisha was 19 years old when CNN first told her story - a survivor of persistent abuse. Her husband — a member of the Taliban — sliced off her nose and ears after a Taliban court in Oruzgan ruled she had brought shame to the family by running away. Now, she unveils her new nose and begins a new life in America.


Filed under: Life and Culture • Women's issues
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  1. James

    Afghani women are some of the most beautiful in the world, unfortunately they are all hidden under their blue tents or burqa whatever you call it. The society unfortunately is very backwards in Afghan, otherwise the people there are beautiful and v good to heart. Still nothing justifies the ongoing war in Afghan i always believe that people should sort out their problems among themselves.

    September 2, 2011 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Soldier72

    The plight of women and young girls in Afghanistan is heartbreaking. As a veteran of the war it is hard to see these stories and not feel for the people in our area of operations. The way forward for women and girls is education, not just for the girls but for the men and boys as well. To understand the plight of young girls and importance of education I recommend "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson for adults and "Words in the Dust" by Trent Reedy for children and young adults. Both books will bring the tragedy and hope of Afghanistan home to the reader!

    December 22, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Soldier72

    The plight of women and young girls in Afghanistan is heartbreaking. As a veteran of the war it is hard to see these stories and not feel for the people in our area of operations. The way forward for women and girls is education, not just for the girls but for the men and boys as well. To understand the plight of young girls and importance of education I recommend "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson for adults and "Words in the Dust" by Trent Reedy for children and young adults. Both books will bring the tragedy and hope of Afghanistan home to the reader!

    December 22, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Torben Schmidt

    They are both nice and beautiful girls, but should not be tarnished by the Taleban enforcement of Shariya

    October 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Torben Schmidt

    She´s so beaututiful now, that
    even Yakokobi get a hard on. Send all your molestated girls to US, to be a fighting army against whtat sharriya dont say, but what the Taleban does

    October 16, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Torben Schmidt

    Hey Yakobobi i,friend
    I reallly understandc you- I'm at point

    my ypou feeæl toirs ogb yoooooumh

    October 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Torben Schmidt

    You´re so beatuful, and you
    in no way provovocate, but only open oppocrate, that btheseb thingsnog torture wevdon'nymdon ag ainst peoplej no,especially women,no morre

    October 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gary Johndro

    Here's something to turn the NATO forces on.YABBA-DABBA-DOO!!!

    October 14, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Is that you,Phunnie boy? I bet it is!

    October 14, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. Honyak

    Aisha.
    From the photo, is a very beautiful woman. Her ex-husband was a Talib (Sunni) Muslim by all accounts. You know, the one's who claim to follow the TRUE path of the Prophet Mohammad.
    Most Afghan children are named by their fathers in accordance with whom they most represent in the Islamic Religion. Dear sweet little Aisha was the daughter of Abu Bakr, the first believer in the Prophet Mohammad; and his 2nd wife at the age of 6 years. (the marriage was not officially consumated until she reached the age of 9) Aisha was accused of adultery by the followers of Mohammad while in Medina, but was forgiven by the Prophet; due to the revelation of Allah that multiple witnesses are required to confirm adultery. Yes, she was FORGIVEN by the Holy Prophet. Aisha is now considered to be the foremost of the "Mothers of the Believers."
    Hmmm... So sad that the corruption of Islam has reached the point that the Aisha (namesake) in our world has become the victim of the twisted mindset that gives birth to actions of this sort. The world wonders at the insanity of the religion....I wonder at the complaciancy of the faithfull. YOU are allowing this to continue.
    May Allah grant that this beautifull girl marry an honorable & decent Hindu.

    October 14, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Torben Schmidt

      I'm honored to get this insight of things,that normallyn never get out. That's why i ask, why don't we get all the details here

      October 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. spacewalker

    Just like Dogs who bite people from where they can. Cutting nose and ears...? These kind of people are dogs . Great esacpe.

    October 13, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Why don't you quit usurping my name,Phunnie boy? By the way,quit bragging on the NATO forces who have no business there in the first place!!!

    October 13, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Torben Schmidt

    By the way, she look very beautiful after her operation,so i believe she'll now be swarmed by suitors,and hopefully now, she'll get the better life,that she deserves. But the problem is really also, her many "sisters" down here, that you don't hear about in the press. Who's helping them.We're doing our best down here,to stop Taliban atrocities, by fighting them,but also treating their victims well, in our medical wards, but such helpful surgery, as she got there,we can't do down here. Our hospital mission here is to save lives only, not the needed plastic services

    October 13, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SC

    May the girl have a wonderful life and meet someone who really love her.

    October 13, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jack

    Ah, the religion of peace, love and understanding...

    October 13, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  16. spacewalker

    ..... cutting some one"s breathing passage ...?? after abusing . Are these human beings or dogs??? she has every right to run away from a dog.

    October 13, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  17. spacewalker

    neflight..... cutting some one"s breathing passage ...?? after abusing . Are these human beings or dogs??? she has every right to run away from a dog.

    October 13, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  18. spacewalker

    good lord!!! thank you for the new nose !! you gave the wisdom to people to give her good look once again. !! She is blessed in USA !!!

    October 13, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  19. Ron

    This is proof just how backwards Muslims are today. They still live in the 12th century. Even in America, there have been daughters tortured and murdered because of so called shame brought to a family. Muslims are sick!!!

    October 12, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • gary

      muslims in europe and north america are progressive ??? what is progressive about islam ?

      your prophet who screwed a 9 year old girl called aisha ... that civilization ?

      go back to your towelhead masters and be their slave... , what a typical sand-nigg**

      October 13, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Torben Schmidt

      My goodness Yakobobi how come you ever try to find a positive thing,which would gratify, the happenings of the muslims anywhere

      October 16, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Guest

    Oh my goodness! I prayed for this woman when I heard that this had happened to her, that she might (among other things), be able to receive plastic surgery. God is so good!

    October 12, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Torben Schmidt

      Jut go there and see for yourself. This is an everyday happening, by the Taliban, and unfortunatele, they don't just do it, but love to do this torturing, obviously sadist, observance, as they get high on this.

      October 12, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Torben Schmidt

        I didn't say it has anything to do with Shariya, but that it HAS to to with the TALEBAN,and things like this,is really a daily thing out here,but only rarely getting in to the view of the world press.Although cutting off noses,are more rare, but cutting off ears and tongues,are very popular at the time being.Maybe a new "menu" next month.Who knows,but sadists they really are

        October 13, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • spacewalker

      well done Guest. God remember all the good deeds.

      October 13, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  21. Torben Schmidt

    🙂

    October 12, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Although I'm glad that this girl has had her face restored,I'm afraid that the right-wing people in the news media are going to use this story to make another case for this obnoxious war.Besides,this kind of thing has been going on over there long before there was even a Taliban as this is more of an "honor" thing which has nothing to do with the Taliban.

    October 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Torben Schmidt

      It HAS really been there for centuries, but it's the Taliban "fear-mark" of today, by scaring so-called moderates, out into the bush

      October 12, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Torben Schmidt

        You're quite right Dane,and we really ought to be worried now, about their radicalism

        October 16, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Torben Schmidt

        SORRY i WROTE DANE INSTEAD OF DAN. sorry !!!

        October 16, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • spacewalker

      Dan .....do not be afraid.... of anything. Just pray for the people so they get wisdom .

      October 13, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        I am not afraid, the only thing that worries me is that many people want to just let these Islamic radicals have their way with anybody they wish who do not follow their cave men mentality when in fact the whole world must stand up to these insane killers before the cancer spreads worldwide! WE must forget about freedom of religion when it is radicalized and they must be incarcerated for many years until they are completely remorseful of their ungodly and unholy behavior!

        October 13, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  23. BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

    This ought to make the right-wing thugs in Washington look like living saints! Another case for this obscene war. I bet that there'll be a lot of singing in the streets of Washington tonight!

    October 12, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      That's right BUBBA with beer and pretzels i wouldn't wonder!!!???

      October 15, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  24. Gary Johndro

    YABBA-DABBA-DOO-DOO-DOO-DOO!!!

    October 12, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |