Friday, November 29, 2013

Zanzibar acid attack: women's families speak of frustration

London teenagers Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee are recovering after attack during summer volunteering holiday
Kirstie Trup
Kirstie Trup suffered severe chemical burns to her shoulder and back from the sulphuric acid. Photograph: Barcroft Media
The families of two British women targeted in an acid attack in Zanzibar have spoken of their frustration that the attackers have not been brought to justice.
Londoners Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee, both 18, are recovering after being targeted by two men on a moped on 7 August during a volunteering holiday.
Their families have called on the UK government to apply more pressure on the Tanzanian authorities.
Doug Morris, the partner of Gee's mother, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "If the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are as committed to helping to bring these people to justice on behalf of two British citizens, then you would expect them to move hell and high water to do that.
"There just doesn't seem to be any sense of urgency to conclude matters."
There is still confusion over how to get a photograph of a suspect to the women for identification, according to Trup's father, Marc.
He said: "The photograph cannot be sent in the correct format that is acceptable by Interpol, or the British authorities, and as a consequence of that nobody has seen the photo."
The teenagers, from north London, were nearing the end of a month-long stint teaching English when they were attacked.
Trup suffered severe chemical burns to her shoulder and back from the sulphuric acid, which was launched at the pair as they walked back from a restaurant on the predominantly Muslim island.
Police in Zanzibar have interviewed several people, including witnesses, and are believed to have identified a possible culprit.

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