After Rumana Monzur, 38, was attacked by her husband in 2011 in Bangladesh, she returned to Canada to complete her studies.
Monzur's husband gouged out her eyes and bit off the tip of her nose in front of their daughter. Monzur became permanently blind, CBC News reports.
On May 24, however, she graduated from the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, despite the disability.
"UBC gave me direction when I was lost," she said in a speech at UBC during the graduation ceremony. There were more than 1,000 people in the crowd — including Monzur's 11-year-old daughter. "It would not be possible for me to get through law school without the support of my UBC family."
At the time of the incident, Monzur had been visiting her home in Bangladesh. Her husband became enraged after she informed him she would be returning to Canada to finish school. The Vancouver Sun reports she was on sabbatical from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh, and she was in Canada to study climate change.
"As a result of this horrendous attack, and life-threatening attack, I became blind," Monzur said to the audience at graduation. "I never saw the world again."
Monzur was outspoken about the abuse from her hospital bed. Her husband was arrested, but he died from a heart attack before facing trial.
Now, with a law degree under her belt, Monzur will work at an international law firm in Vancouver.
"It is very emotional for me. UBC is my family," Monzur said, the Vancouver Sun reports. "I don’t think any other university would have done what it did for me and set such an example with its treatment of international students … and I think Canada has set such an example of how to treat people who are in trouble."
It's a story of the ultimate perseverance and success in the face of unimaginable horror.
Congratulations, Rumana Monzur. You have the whole world ahead of you.
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