The thought of an acid attack has us all cringing in fear and horror. It’s one of the cruelest things to do to a human, more so when it’s done to a child. But Shabbo Sheikh, a young girl from Mumbai, lived not only to survive the horror but she is now telling the tale and coming out as an inspiration for others.
Shabbo’s father was responsible for the attack that killed her mother and badly disfigured her. She was just two years old at the time of the attack. She remembers sitting on her mom’s lap when her father walked into the house, threw a whole lot of acid over the two of them and left them there to die.
Her mom tragically died. Shabbo remembers waking up in a hospital, feeling pain, coming in and out of consciousness, and then – waking to nothing. She was abandoned by all other family members and no-one wanted her.
Shabbo Sheikh was the survivor of an acid attack at just 2 years old, and alone.
This is when the kindness of strangers kicks in and Shabbo was taken in at an orphanage who loved and cared for her deeply. Initially, they sheltered her from the outside world. She had been badly disfigured and her face and upper body all bore the brunt of the scars.
Shabbo is deeply grateful to her doctors at the orphanage and all the staff there. She says she was shown constant unconditional love and grew up with a fairly strong self of self, despite her scarring. It became tricky at school and college when other kids were fearful of her scars, but she learned to get through this.
SHABOO SHEIK – AN INSPIRATION
Today Shabbo is an inspiration. She is not a victim, rather a survivor of an acid attack. She’s looked after by the Sahaas Foundation who have inspired her. In turn, she is inspiring others on the ‘Humans of Bombay’ Facebook page. She has learned she can live a full life despite her terrible scars and prefers to be called a survivor rather than a victim.
Shabbo Sheikh is still to undergo further operations and is currently raising funds for her surgeries. She also loves stage design and costume design and is a talented young woman, a good and a hard worker.
Look at her. Because she is a real beauty, everywhere, especially as the survivor of an acid attack.