Meet Aesha, a Symbol of Strength and Triumph

After suffering facial disfigurement from her husband, a member of the Taliban, life has dramatically changed for her.
3:34 | 07/31/14

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ground. Now I want to bring you some hopeful words from a young woman who endured suffering and became a symbol of resilience around the world. You may remember I eesh Sha, a child bride disfigured by her Taliban husband. It's not always easy to look at what happened to her. But with the help of an afghan-american family, life is very different today. We begin now with the moment I first met her years ago at a women's shelter in Afghanistan. Reporter: A young girl sits alone at a women's shelter in kabul. This girl who was 12 years old when she was sent away to a husband who forced her to sleep in a stable with animals. She tried to run away. You keep your hands in front of your face? Reporter: Her husband, a Taliban, caught her, severed her nose and ears, while his brother held her down. And they left her? She had no medical help? Reporter: She crawled to a family member who rejected her, then finally made her way to a U.S. Military base where American doctors saved her. What does she dream will happen? She said I don't know what will happen in the future. Reporter: After our story aired, she was on the cover of time magazine, a cry for women's rights in Afghanistan, for their hope, for their future. Four years later, this is Iesha today. Does the United States feel like home? Yes. Reporter: She's been living in the suburbs of Maryland with an afghan-american family who heard her story and said, join our lives. She's your daughter? Yes, she is. Yes. My mom. My dad. My sister. Reporter: Jamila is a doctor. Mati is a civil engineer. She calls him uncle mate. You knew they were the people who would save you? Yeah. Mati uncle drive me hospital all time. My surge, Jamila help me all the time. Has it been difficult for you? Do you get angry sometimes? Yes. Sometimes both the surgeries a lot of pain that make me angry. And pain, headache. First surgeries a little hard for me. Mati uncle wash my hair. Reporter: Together they have weathered the trauma of the past and nine major surgeries, building her new nose and ears. Today the shy girl I met four years ago who had no dream shows me the jewelry she's making, selling online to earn some extra money. And her future? Her uncle mate just wants her to know that Afghan men can also be gentle and kind. Her new mother Jamila simply hopes what we hope for all our daughters. My dream is for her to see her Independence, that she is on her own feet. That was the best thing what we did in our life for aisha. We helped her and she's now a part of our family.

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