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Berry Ng is a 22-year-old woman from Hong Kong who has reportedly undergone over 30 plastic surgery procedures in a bid to impress her boyfriend.
According to Oddity Central, the young woman began getting the procedures when she was only 17, as she wanted to look more like western supermodels. She now regrets her decisions.
Berry Ng claims that her plastic surgery addiction began when she saw a beauty center offering affordable student packages that cost HKD 799 (102 USD) for three injections. However, over the course of a few hours, the beautician persuaded her to go for a more expensive package costing HKD 17,000 (2175 USD).
Berry was so pleased with the results that she began to seek more treatments and soon found herself addicted to cosmetic surgery. However, things got even worse when she was 20 years old and entered into a romantic relationship with a man nine years her senior.
Her partner was verbally abusive and continuously insulted her looks, comparing her unfavorably to other women. Berry responded by going on a plastic surgery spree over a six month period, during which time she underwent the majority of her 30 cosmetic procedures.
Some of the various surgeries she underwent were blepharoplasty (double eyelid surgery) and rhinoplasty (nose job). She also suffered injections in her forehead for a rounder look, as well as injections in her lips, cheeks, and chin.
“If he had ever said ‘you are beautiful’ even for once at the time, I would have stopped,” Berry told China Press.
His final complaint was that Berry’s breasts were too small, which she claims pushed her to undergo a breast augmentation procedure. While she was recovering from that last procedure, she had an epiphany after seeing that her mother was distraught over her addiction.
“You were beautiful before all this, but now… you are defiled,” her mother reportedly said.
Berry ended her toxic relationship and is now speaking out via Youtube against cosmetic surgery. Several young women in similar situations have reached out to her via email saying that their husbands or partners found faults with their looks and were pressuring them to undergo surgery.
“Actually, boyfriends have a huge impact on their girlfriends. A lot of them would say things like ‘my boyfriend said my nose is not sharp’ or ‘my face is too big.’ A lot of them were dumb like me, too. That is why I want to make videos and tell them my experience,” Berry Ng said.
Berry added that she regrets having so much cosmetic work done to her appearance and wishes she could have her old face back. She does not want to undergo any more surgical procedures in the future.
More than 70 million displaced worldwide, says UNHCR
The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million globally last year – the highest number in the UN refugee agency’s almost 70 years.
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The almost 70.8 million people forcibly displaced is up 2.3 million on the previous year, according to the agency’s annual Global Trends report.
This is also double the level recorded 20 years ago.
The number averaged out to 37,000 new displacements every day.
“What we are seeing in these figures is further confirmation of a longer-term rising trend in the number of people needing safety from war, conflict and persecution,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.
“While language around refugees and migrants is often divisive, we are also witnessing an outpouring of generosity and solidarity, especially by communities who are themselves hosting large numbers of refugees.
The actual figure is likely to be higher as the Venezuela crisis is only partly reflected, the report states.
Around four million Venezuelans have fled their country, according to some figures from countries taking them in, making it one of the world’s biggest recent displacement crises.
The report identifies three main groups.
Firstly, there are refugees, or people forced to leave their country because of conflict, war or persecution. In 2018, the number of refugees reached 25.9 million worldwide, 500,000 more than in 2017. Included in this total are 5.5 million Palestine refugees.
The second group is 3.5 million asylum seekers. These are people outside their country of birth who are under international protection, but are yet to be granted refugee status.
Thirdly, there are internally displaced persons, or IDPs. These people are displaced within their country and amount to 41.3 million globally.
More than two thirds of all refugees worldwide came from Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia.
Syria had a considerably higher number than any other country with 6.7 million, followed by Afghanistan with 2.7 million.
Only 92,400 refugees were resettled in 2018, fewer than 7% of those awaiting resettlement.
The global population of forcibly displaced people has grown substantially from 43.3 million in 2009. Most of this increase was between 2012 and 2015 as a result of the Syrian conflict.
However, other conflicts have cropped up and continued across the globe, for example, in Iraq and Yemen in the Middle East, as well as parts of sub-Saharan Africa such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan.
The massive flow of Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh at the end of 2017 after they were driven out of Myanmar’s Rakhine state during military crackdowns was another major crisis.
At more than 1.5 million, Ethiopians were the largest newly displaced population in 2018, 98% of them internally, more than doubling the previous number.
These were mainly attributed to inter-communal violence throughout 2018, with communities living along disputed boundaries most affected.
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