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‘I didn’t ask for this’ - Acid attack victim Naomi Oni breaks down in tears in BBC interview

09:13 24 March 2014

Naomi Oni before the attack and after surgery following the incident

Naomi Oni before the attack and after surgery following the incident

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Acid attack victim Naomi Oni broke down in tears today as she described her life now having to live with her injuries.

Miss Oni, 22, from Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, interviewed on BBC Radio 4 this morning, said she was feeling isolated and alone.

She also called the police “incompetent” for accusing her of having used the acid on herself.

Last week, 21-year-old Mary Konye, from Canning Town, was jailed for 12 years for throwing sulphuric acid in the face of Miss Oni on December 30, 2012.

Speaking on the BBC, Miss Oni wept when she was asked if she often leaves her home.

“I don’t go out very much,” she said. “I’m at a point in my life where everybody’s busy. Everybody’s continuing with their normal daily activities. My life isn’t so normal at the moment.

“I just feel isolated. Being in a room. Just having to think every day about what’s happened to me. Not being able to understand why.

“Just feeling alone in my situation and aside from everything, still having to care for my mum. It’s just - it’s an impossible task for just one person. I’m only human and I didn’t ask for this. I didn’t ask for it. I didn’t see it coming.”

She continued: “This is not what I grew up understanding that this is what life is going to be. I did not grow up to understand that your friends are one day going to betray you.

“I did not grow up understand that the police, they accuse you, and people, when you run for help, people just turn their backs and close their doors. It’s just been a horrible experience.”

Asked if she had thought of becoming a campaigner like Katie Piper and speak out against acid attacks, she said: “I would love to. “Because, the way I’ve had to feel from this, if there’s anyone in the world who’s had to feel like I feel, I wouldn’t want it. It’s wrong. I feel like it’s wrong.”

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