– Bangladesh fisherman was left with half a face after being brutally attacked by a tiger
– He is now desperate for surgery because he’s worried it will stop his daughter from finding a husband
40-year-old Hashmot Ali was attacked while fishing in the dangerous mangrove forests of southern Bangladesh and has lived with the horrible disfigurement ever since.
Ever since he has been humiliated by the society in the Sundarbans forest, unable to attend any public meeting or ceremony, and even contact with other villagers.
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Hashmot’s worry is fueled by the fact that the superstitious society shuns ‘tiger widows’ – women who have lost their husband’s to common wild animal attacks.
He lives in such region, where men usually are hunters, fishermen or honey collectors. While they are in the forest, their wives are expected to conduct rituals at home to ensure their husbands are safe.
One night Hashmot was sleeping with his colleagues in a boat inside the forest canal after the long fishing day and a tiger attacked him in the middle of the night.
The big cat ripped half of his face off with a single strike of its claw while his fellow fisherman desperately tried to scare the tiger off as he screamed in agony.
He was in such extreme pain that he did not even know that a tiger was there, reeling in shock and unable to see in the dark and having lost one eye.
Since then, he has married and had children and now sells fish in the village, covering his face with a handkerchief.
He now wants to have plastic surgery but it is totally unaffordable on his modest income so he is appealing for outside help.