Not long ago, incoming graduate student Hanifa Nakiryow was gainfully employed until her ex-husband went to extreme measures. Corrosive acid was thrown on her face outside of their home. Shortly thereafter, Nakiryowa found herself recovering in a Uganda hospital and later was treated in the U.K. and the U.S. Upon recovery, Nakiryow decided to found the Centre for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and Burns Violence and continue her education.
Nakiryow’s story became more widely known, after her host family GSPIA Professor Lou Picard, and his wife, Professor Pauline Greenlick of Mt. Lebanon, created a documentary featuring Nakiryow’s plight. Nakiryow’s story has touch many. She will attend graduate school this fall on a full scholarship she received from GSPIA.
Professors Picard, and Greenlick, are hosting a fundraiser for Nakiryow at 4 – 7:30 pm, Sunday, June 21at Rodef Shalom Congregation in Oakland.