Women sets fire to herself in Bulgaria

Incident outside presidential headquarters in Sofia echoes last year's protests over poverty in east European nation.

    A woman has set herself on fire outside Bulgaria's presidential headquarters in Sofia, in an apparent repeat of a series of self-immolations last year driven by poverty in the crisis-hit Balkan country, the interior ministry has said.

    Live television footage showed firefighters carrying a burned woman on a stretcher and loading her into an ambulance.

    The victim, a 38-year-old woman according to the ministry, was badly burned but alive, the hospital said.

    "I was standing here when all of a sudden she lit up like a torch, her legs were kicking," a shocked elderly man told Kanal 3 television.

    The woman's identity and the motives behind her desperate act were unclear.

    The incident was a reminder of a series of self-immolations last year when at least six people died after setting themselves on fire in public between February and May.

    SOURCE: AP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    From Zimbabwe to England: A story of war, home and identity

    The country I saw as home, my parents saw as oppressors

    What happens when you reject the identity your parents fought for and embrace that of those they fought against?

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    One woman shares the story of her life with polycystic kidney disease and sees parallels with the plight of the planet.

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    On a gorgeous Florida evening, a truck crashed into me. As I lay in intensive care, I learned who had been driving it.