Acid Attack Survivor Seeks Justice and Support for Reconstructive Surgery

by Louisa Afful
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Four years ago, Martha Karikari Asiamah, now 23, suffered a horrific acid attack that left her skin burning and melting. Since then, she has undergone 14 surgeries, including skin grafts, eye surgeries, and neck contracture releases.

The attack was allegedly orchestrated by her ex-boyfriend, Prince Amankwah, after she refused to enter a blood covenant with him. Despite her ex-boyfriend and a man named Bobo being suspects, they remain at large, with little progress made by the police.

Ms. Asiamah shared her story in an interview with The Mirror, hoping to raise awareness about domestic abuse and the need for effective law enforcement. The attack shattered her dreams of becoming a lawyer, leaving her physically disfigured and with poor eyesight.

Born to farmers in the Ashanti Region, she moved to Accra with her grandmother and later attended high school at Kumasi Secondary Technical School (KSTS). She dated Prince at 17, but ended the relationship due to his controlling behavior.

The attack occurred on January 27, 2020, when someone threw acid on her as she checked the television antenna in her backyard. Her grandmother also suffered burns while trying to help her.

Prince initially acted supportive but later fled after Ms. Asiamah discovered his involvement. She believes the police are uninterested in the case, and suspects Prince’s mother knows his whereabouts but refuses to cooperate.

Ms. Asiamah is appealing for support to raise $50,000 for reconstructive surgery, which she hopes to undergo in Turkey, the UK, or the US. She aims to correct her eyes, fix her nose and lips, and get more contracture release surgeries.

Currently, she has raised some funds through donations and hopes to live a normal life, return to school, and enjoy her hobbies.

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