I was at the bank recently to make a transaction and I witnessed a scene that left me wondering if we aren’t losing our sense of humanity. A customer was showing off her disgust at being attended to by a lady with burn scars. Her reaction was strange because these scars were not so visible except one looked closely but apparently, she had a good eye.
The bank staff obviously was used to this kind of treatment because she managed to keep her smile in place and continued her work. I was shocked! Here was an hard working lady living her best life and another person was put off by her because of her scars.
Burn survivors have been discriminated against from time immemorial. It is saddening that some people cannot get over their scars and so they want absolutely nothing to do with them. On the other hand, burn survivors should be celebrated because they show quite a lot of strength and tenacity.
We interviewed two beautiful and strong women who are burn survivors and they shared how it is living in a world which has little sympathy for survivors.
According to Stainless Desire, a model,
“You walk into a place and you subject yourself to guessing what each stare means, and what each person is saying to the next person while they are both looking intensely at you.”
Olamide Fetuga, British-based make-up artist , burn survivor and founder of PRETTYNSCARRED said the same thing in other words.
“I soon grew tired of feeling depressed, alone, sad, angry and confused. I needed to move forward and allow acceptance and understanding to settle within me.
Employers would say to me that “for the sake of the client, we can’t have you here because some client might easily feel irritated with the skin.”