Woman in London disfigured, blinded, in acid attack by woman in niqab

(Note: Serious questions have been raised whether the victim was attacked by a Muslim as she claims. See comments below.)

If my policy had been followed,—that significant numbers of Muslims do not belong in any Western society, period, and that all observant Muslims already in the West should be encouraged or forced to leave—this poor woman’s horrible, unspeakable fate would have been avoided.

The London Evening Standard reports:

Young woman scarred for life and almost blinded in random acid attack on London street

A young woman was facially disfigured and almost lost her eyesight in a horrific unprovoked acid attack on the streets of London.

Naomi Oni, 20, was on her way home from work when an unknown attacker dressed in a niqab threw a chemical substance at her leaving the retail assistant with severe burns on her head, neck, arms, legs and body.

These shocking images have now been released by Ms Oni in an appeal for help to catch the attacker whose identity was concealed behind the Muslim women’s dress which completely covers the face apart from the eyes.

Ms Oni, who is employed by Victoria’s Secret at the Westfield Stratford shopping centre, was five minutes from home in Dagenham, east London when she was attacked on December 30.

The 20-year-old was only released from Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford last weekend after spending almost a month receiving skin grafts and specialist treatment in the hospital’s burns unit.

Doctors initially warned Ms Oni that she may not be able to see again and although she can now see out of her left eye she still only has partial vision in her right eye.

Ms Oni, who is sole carer for her disabled mother Marian Yalekhue, 52, has decided to speak out after police failed to establish any motive behind the attack or identify a suspect.

She told the Standard the attack had “destroyed” her life and left her too afraid to venture out or even show her face in public.

“I look in the mirror and it just isn’t me. I’ll never look the same again. I’ve always been outgoing and confident in my job and in my personal life, used to getting attention for the way I dress or my hair, but now I don’t want anyone looking at me.

“I don’t want people to see me in public. I don’t want to get the Tube or the bus. If I have to go to the hospital I take a taxi. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to go back to my job. I was planning to go to college in September to study media and fashion, but I don’t even know if I’ll be able to do that,” said Ms Oni.

The store assistant had just got off the bus and was talking to her boyfriend Ato Owede, 23, on her phone when she felt someone walking behind her in Lodge Avenue in Dagenham at around 12.40am.

She said:”I’d been working a late shift and was talking to my boyfriend about what we were going to do for New Year when I saw this Muslim woman wearing a niqab covering her face. I thought it was a bit strange at that time of night, but she didn’t say anything and I kept on walking.

“Then I felt a splash on my face. It burned and I screamed out. I started running and screaming, holding my face, all the way home. I didn’t look back.

“I got home and I was screaming and banging on the door. I was hysterical. Luckily my godmother, who is a pharmacist, was at home with my mum and she helped me and kept dipping my face in water and trying to calm me down until the police and ambulance got there. I was in shock. Saying: ‘Who would do that? Who would do that?’ How could anyone do this?”

Ms Oni has been told she faces months if not years of skin grafts and further plastic surgery and even then is likely to be left with severe facial scarring.

The retail assistant and her mother say they are too afraid to go back to their council flat in Dagenham. They are currently sleeping on a friend’s sofa-bed after turning down the offer to be rehoused in Tottenham on safety grounds.

Ms Oni said she had been inspired by the story of Katie Piper, the model who launched a charity and spoke out publicly after falling victim to an acid attack orchestrated by her boyfriend, but that she would never feel safe with her attacker still at large.

“Even with the support of my family and friends and boyfriend I feel very alone. Nothing is going to be same anymore,” said Ms Oni.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said acid attacks were “extremely rare” and that detectives were keeping an “open mind as to the motive.”

Officers from Barking and Dagenham are investigating. No arrests have been made and inquiries are ongoing.

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Philip M. writes from England:

The strange thing for me is seeing this happening in Barking and Dagenham.This is not central London, this is a place that not long ago would have been considered to be in the county of Essex, outside London. It is the place where many of the old East End cockney’s white-flighted to after third-world immigration started to destroy the old East End and inner London, culminating with what was effectively the ethnic-cleansing of whites in the 80’s with the Brixton Riots (now repackaged as ‘civil uprisings’ by the media). Dagenham was always a very white working-class area, home to a large Ford plant, and was known for the ”Essex man’ blue-collar workers that voted heavily for Thatcher, not least because of her supposedly tougher stance on national issues.

I helped leaflet and canvass for the BNP during the last election in 2010. You could see it was an area in transition, with an established white-London population, but with large numbers of blacks that seemed of a more recent vintage. The locals that we spoke to were the most openly race-conscious English whites I have ever met. They were solidly BNP, and were quite aware that what had happened to them in London was now happening to them again in Barking and Dagenham. It sounds like things have devolved further since then.

February 2

Forta Leza writes:

You need to consider the possibility that this is some kind of hoax. People lie about being attacked all the time for all kinds of reasons. Especially women and especially black people. At the same time, stranger attacks are a lot less common than acquaintance attacks. Stranger attacks by women are extremely rare.

Unless there is corroborating evidence like an uninvolved bystander witness or a security tape, I would guess it’s more likely than not that Ms. Oni’s account of the incident is false.

LA replies:

It’s possible, but why would she want to protect the person who destroyed her life?

Also, I didn’t get the definite impression she is black. I thought maybe she was Asian.

Alex B. writes:

She looks black in this photo:


And especially in this video.

If we allow the possibility that her story is made up, the real cause of her burns could have been a disastrous application of some underground or home-made skin-whitening product. She mentions that her godmother is a pharmacist. Maybe the NHS won’t cover the treatment if the burns were caused by an unapproved or illegal product or a product applied by an unlicensed person.

Also, notice that there are no usual reservations in the article like “alleged attack,” “according to Ms. Oni” or “Ms. Oni says she was attacked.” Even though there appears to be no witnesses or any proof of her claims, they are presented as the truth without question, simply because she is black and a woman.

LA replies:

I agree it’s highly unlikely that a Muslim would attack and disfigure a black.

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