News: September 2009 archives
The Mong Kok neighbourhood in South China witnessed its fourth acid attack incident within the past ten months, resulting in some 100 people left injured.
Before the establishment of ASF-Pakistan in 2006, there were no specialist services for people who were attacked by acid in Pakistan. View the following videos for an insight into the workings of ASF-P and the important work they are involved in, as well as the views of one volunteer, Natasha Simonsen, who speaks about her experience of supporting acid survivors.
In Uganda, acid is used for far more sinister ends than running car’s batteries. It’s a weapon, one that is being used to settle scores, brutally disfiguring people. Acid survivors want justice.
France 24 News, Chown, Kahn, Grange & Ozan
In the UK, cosmetic surgery is often seen as nothing more than nip ‘n’ tuck, but in Bangladesh, thanks to Dr Ron Hiles, it is rebuilding lives. It is about as far away from the nips and tucks of TV makeover shows and celebrity magazines as you can imagine.
The Independent, Rachel Shields
Acid attacks on women are frighteningly common in Bangladesh. Men often use it as their weapon of choice against women who have rejected their advances. Unofficially the figure is believed to be much higher 200 a year.
Al Jazeera, Nicolas Haque
Her face is dominated by a grotesque patch of purple bruising with stitches that run under her eyebrows and down to her nose. She can barely open her eyes. Lucky is an ironic name for someone whose features have been melted down by battery acid.
The Daily Telegraph, Jessica Salter
“Our face is our identity. When it is changed our whole identity is changed. Women and girls are so cheap in this society, so men can destroy them”
ABC News, Sally Sara