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Acid victim: ‘I didn't want to live after I saw my face'

STAYING POSITIVE: Naomi Oni

A YOUNG woman who was the victim of a horrific acid attack has spoke about the ordeal that left her face with severe burns.

Twenty-year-old Naomi Oni needed skin grafts after acid was thrown on her by a person wearing a veil covering their face after she got off of a bus in Dagenham, east London on December 30.

Oni, who was on her way home from her job at Victoria’s Secret in Westfields Shopping Centre in Stratford, told the BBC: "I've never been so scared in my life. I just knew it was acid.

"The first time I looked I was shocked. I didn't want to live after I saw my face."

Describing the moment when she first looked in the mirror following the incident, Oni said: "My head was 10 times the size, my face was black, my eyes were swollen and my eyes were cutting out.

"I thought I was going to go blind. I was terrified.

"That person failed, whatever their aim was they failed.”

However, Oni remained positive, adding: "God has given me a life for a reason and that's what keeps me going."

No arrests have been made and officers from Barking and Dagenham are keeping “an open mind as to the motive.”

Anyone with information are asked to call Barking and Dagenham CID on 0203 276 1058 or 07500 108 529.

 To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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