Muntaha Fleafel is an Iraqi from the Mandaean minority. In Baghdad, where she is from, she made traditional jewelry and sold them in her shop. At the end of 2003, she was attacked by three masked men who said that she was not a Muslim, did not know God and did not deserve to live. They took everything in her shop and ran over her with their car, severely breaking her leg. When they continued attacking her, she struggled and tried to uncover their faces. One of the men threw acid on her, but she protected her face with her arm. When they tried to drag her into the car, she screamed and resisted, people began to gather so one of the men stabbed her in the stomach with a large military knife and left her for dead. Miraculously, she survived. After extensive medical treatment and three years living in a UN woman's protection program in Jordan, she came to the US. She suffers from memory lapses due to the beating she received, but can't forget what happened to her. More than anything she wants to have plastic surgery to remove the scars on her body because every time she looks at herself in the mirror, she is reminded of the attack and the fact that she can no longer have children due to her injuries. She sees a therapist and is given medication, but she can't get past the trauma she has endured.
Madison Heights, MI, USA.