HONY's portrait of abuse victim from Lahore prompts heartwarming response

Woman tried giving her daughter up so she could have a better home

Web Desk August 15, 2015

A Pakistani woman’s poignant story featured on Humans of New York prompted gushing support by people across the globe.

The portrait taken in Lahore shows the woman holding her baby in one hand as she wipes her tears with the other.

“I left an abusive relationship and I have nowhere to go. I have Hepatitis C, so no one is willing to take me in.” she says.

Read: HONY in Pakistan: He came, he saw, he left

In the caption for the picture, she describes how she tried giving her up so she could have a better home but couldn’t bring herself to do it.

It was heartening to see that when her story went up on twitter many expressed a desire to find and help the woman. Here's the original post:

Some of the responses:



After the magnanimous response, the man behind HONY Brandon Stanton released an update, revealing that the woman was located and connected with a man who wished to help her.

Stanton also updated HONY's Facebook page advising people eager to help to wait until he sets up a proper and reliable channel.


In the final update, Stanton revealed that an email account has been set up to help the woman and other such people. The tweet also thanked people for their support.


Brar | 6 years ago | Reply Hony, you will succeed the Great Eidhi Sahib if you continued marching in the right direction, I am feeling ashamed of my self because I am not in a position to help this women but I am sure lakhs will come forward to her aid as there is no dearth of generous people on this earth and she will be fine to look after her prety little Angle,
Jameel ur Rasheed | 6 years ago | Reply Pakistanis tend to rise to the occasions when focus is provided by foreign media. We don't trust our people. Ironic! Good work HONY!
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