Jewish Acid-Attack Girls Return to Britain From African Island of Zanzibar

Tanzania President Vows to Punish Ramadan Fiends

Back Home: Kirstie Trup, 18, returned to Britain for treatment after being splashed with acid on the African island of Tanzania along with her friend, Katie Gee.
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Back Home: Kirstie Trup, 18, returned to Britain for treatment after being splashed with acid on the African island of Tanzania along with her friend, Katie Gee.

By Anne Cohen

Published August 09, 2013.
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Ismail added that the two women, who lived in Stone Town, were appropriately dressed for the holy month of Ramadan when the attack occurred. A spokesman for the Trup family confirmed, saying “the girls weren’t doing anything wrong.They were fully covered and had long sleeves on.”

Katie Gee grew up in East Finchley, in North London, while Trup comes from nearby Hampstead Garden. A friend told the Telegraph that Gee, a former student of the prestigious Francis Holland School in the Chelsea neighborhood of London — which costs £5,375 per term — was chastised a few days ago for singing during Ramadan.

Oli Cohen, 21, a classmate of Gee’s, was surprised by the incident.

“The girls were walking through the town singing on Ramadan when a Muslim lady came up to her shouting,” he explained. “She lost her temper and reacted violently - and hit her in the face for singing.”

“I don’t know what song it was but it wouldn’t have been anything excessively aggressive or rude - they’re so well-mannered and respectful they had gone to the town to do voluntary charity work,” he added.

The girls were in Zanzibar volunteering as teachers at St. Monica nursery school, linked to the Catholic church, as part of Art in Tanzania, a not-for-profit organization that offers interns opportunities to work in education, social work, HIV/AIDS awareness, arts and music, film-making and journalism in the region. This week was to be their last on the island.

Gee’s [Twitter feed] reveals a vivacious teenage girl, anxious to see her friends again and excited about recent celebrity sightings.

Former President Bill Clinton was in Zanzibar on Sunday to show support anti-malaria work as part of his Clinton Health Access Initiative.

Though there has been much speculation that this was a planned attack, Marc Trup, Kirstie’s father and a dentist, said that he didn’t think that was the case.

“We couldn’t get anything out of them because they had been burned,” he [told The Guardian](http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/09/zanzibar-acid-attack-return-britain. “Both girls are very shocked and very frightened.” Regarding his daughter’s injuries, he said: “She can still see and she is not dead. Whatever it is we will cope with it.” Trup added that the women had not been wearing anything marking them as Jewish, including the Star of David. “We know it’s a Muslim country. They were western girls. Unfortunately they went out during the month of Ramadan. There has been a huge alert in African countries with potential threats. Maybe it’s connected, maybe not.”

But Cohen, Gee’s friend, thinks there is a definite connection. “I think white good-looking north London Jewish girls walking around in Zanzibar always make them a target as it’s a Muslim country.”

The pair were rushed by ambulance to the specialist burn units in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for treatment and have been reunited with their families.


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