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A 16-year-old Afghan girl who was severely beaten by her husband on Christmas Day will receive plastic surgery in Kabul with the coordination of the government and a joint U.S. Air Force and Army unit.

Nazia Hookum Darr was beaten and disfigured by her 40- year-old husband of three months on Christmas, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the unit, Provincial Reconstruction Team Qalat.

The man, who is on the run from police, broke 16 of his wife’s teeth, shaved her head, cut off her nose and ears and poured scalding water on her hands and feet, officials say.

Americans and Afghans met with Nazia at Zabul Provincial Hospital, where the staff had rallied around her, officials say.

“In Qalat my husband was jobless and was always complaining about economic problems,” Nazia said, according to the release. “Two weeks after we moved into our new home he beat me for no obvious reason.”

The hospital staff relayed Nazia’s fear of retribution by her husband or his family, officials say.

American military surgeons, two international nongovernmental organizations and the Afghan National Military Hospital in Kabul all volunteered to help.

“After discussing the options, we elected to facilitate Nazia’s transport to Kabul and have Afghans take care of her,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Gauron, the PRT’s chief medical officer.

She was flown to the military hospital in Kabul and is expected to undergo plastic surgery.


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