They have been to hell and back, and their bodies and faces have the scars to prove it.
A group of women from all walks of life, who have each been through the suffering of being burnt, have decided not to hide anymore.
They have come out in the open, embracing their scars and bodies, stating that they are “burned and beautiful”!
They appealed to communities to accept them as normal people with positive minds and embrace their different looks.
So far, 50 women with the same goal have joined the group, hoping to increase the number every day.
They told Daily Sun that some of them met a couple of years ago and decided to form a group to support each other.
They participate in different activities that include travel, support initiatives, photoshoots, awareness campaigns, and other activities.
They also go to different provinces, appealing to other victims to come out and embrace their looks.
Thembi Maphanga (41) is the founder of the organization. She became a victim of a fire in 2010.
“We are burn survivors, and we are here to stay.
“People should just accept us as we are and stop making jokes about us,” she said.
“The challenges we face every day are not among ourselves but within the community, which fails to accept us as we are,” said Thembi
One of the courageous women is Mpotseng Mokhonoana from Tshwane.
She said she is still called names, but she knows she is perfect in her way.
She wrote on her Facebook page: “My scars, my life . . others call me KFC, Mzekezeke, Braai Myself, Spoko . . . they know themselves.”