BANGKOK (AlertNet) – The woman’s skin was pink and raw – scalded by boiling water that her husband threw at her, the aid worker said.
Telling her story at a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) clinic in Lae, Papua New Guinea's second largest city, the scalded woman recalled how she pondered suicide before seeking refuge there. After receiving medical attention and psychological support, she decided life was worth living after all.
"He was drunk and started an argument in the kitchen," the 28-year-old woman, who was too afraid to give her real name, told the aid worker from medical charity MSF. "He grabbed the kitchen pot and began chasing me around the table. I was terrified."