Nurbanu has been forced to remarry her unfaithful husband who attacked her with acid when she divorced him. She was left blind and with scars after the brutal attack, and her husband was sent to jail but released.
One year ago, Nurbanu was home cooking in Bangladesh when her ex-husband, whom she divorced, pulled up to the home. He threw a bucket of acid on her face, leaving her instantly blind and scarred. She learned how to live again and was in the process of healing, knowing that her attacker was behind bars.
After being in jail for only one year, the man's mother paid for his bail and forced Nurbanu to "sign an affidavit to have him released. She used my sons to convince me to marry him again. People would think a husband would take care of a blind wife, but this doesn't happen," Nurbanu told the Huffington Post.
Instead of caring for his wife, her husband beats and threatens Nurbanu on a daily basis. Unfortunately, cases like Nurbanu's are all too common in Bangladesh. However, there are groups that are dedicated to making these victims' lives better and keeping them safe.
One such example is the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF), which works to help survivors rebuild their lives after an attack. The ASF also offers free plastic surgery and loans to help start businesses.
Monira Rahman, executive director of the ASF, says the group's work has "collectively reduced the number of acid attacks by 70 percent. VSO volunteers help the ASF by training Bangladeshi medical professionals in treating burns, helping us establish counseling services and teaching women to produce garments to reduce scarring."
Nurbanu is one of thousands of acid attack victims throughout the country, though attacks predominantly take place in rural, underdeveloped areas. It's a hard life for Bangladeshi women, and Nurbanu told the Huffington Post, "This is how my days go by."