That's what teenagers Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup must have thought, until they had acid thrown in their faces.
|Acid Attack Victims Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup|
The Mirror—The population of Zanzibar is more than 99% Muslim. Though Zanzibar is a long way from Afghanistan, we find the same hostility towards Western education in both countries.
Two British teenage charity workers have been attacked with acid on the east African island of Zanzibar.
A manhunt has been launched after volunteer teachers Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup, both 18, had the corrosive substance thrown in their faces during the assault last night.
The girls, from London, were strolling through the streets of Stone Town, in the capital of the island, around 8pm when they were attacked by two men on a moped.
They reportedly ran into the sea to wash the acid off their skin before it could do any permanent damage.
The teenagers suffered burns to their faces, hands and chests and were airlifted to hospital in Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania.
The women's injuries are "not life threatening", Saleh Mohammed Jidawi, a senior health ministry official, said.
They are believed to have escaped serious disfigurement, Zanzibar’s assistant commissioner of police Mkadam Khamis Mkadam said.
He said: “The girls were accosted by two men on a motorcycle. The men poured this liquid and ran away. The girls managed to get first aid very fast and were taken to hospital for further treatment.
“The doctors said the injuries are relatively minor. There is discoloration but they are not expected to be scarred. They are very lucky in that respect.”
The attack on the women came at the end of the Muslim holy month of fasting of Ramadan, and as people began to celebrate the Eid holiday. (Continue Reading.)