TODAY   |  August 10, 2013

Teens recovering from acid attack

Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee, both 18, were walking to dinner on the East African island of Zanzibar when men on a motorcycle threw acid in their faces. The teens had been in the region volunteering as teachers. NBC’s Duncan Golestani reports.

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>>> two beautiful girls maimed in an accident who were volunteering on vacation. they are dealing with severe burns. a warning, some of what you are about to see may be tough to watch. duncan is outside the hospital now. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning. they were walking to dinner in east africa when men through acid in their faces. several people have been arrested. nobody knows why these two innocent teens were targeted. arriving by ambulance, this wasn't how the two teenagers were supposed to end their trip of a lifetime. 18-year-old's covered their burned bodies with sheets. on their feet, they were wearing sandals. for the family, this is a devastating homecoming. how is she?

>> how is she? [ inaudible ]

>> they were walking to dinner on the island when men on a motorcycle threw acid in their faces. a picture shows burns across the chest and neck of one of the girls. they were on a three week trip volunteering as teachers. last week, katie tweeted after meeting bill clinton visiting the island. around the world, 1500 acid attacks reported each year. the victims are mainly women and girls. there are fears this could be part of rising religious tension in the mainly muslim country . katie told friends she was assaulted in the street for singing during ramadan.

>> they were upset about the unprovoked attack on their lovely daughters.

>> reporter: the islands rely on tourism. the attacks could stop people from visiting. the government is promising to take care of those responsible and offering a reward for information. doctors say the girls are doing well. it might be thanks to the quick response of locals who dragged her down to