Naieema, her husbands second wife, from a remote village in Muzaffargarh Punjab, was attacked in the summer of 2008. The purpose and intent was clear; to disfigure Nazeera beyond any recognition.
Iqbal, a beautiful young man from Southern Punjab, used to be a dancer by profession who would perform during wedding processions. In 2003, at only 15 years old, Iqbal’s life changed forever upon refusing to have sex with another man. He was so badly disfigured that to eat was agony due to acid burns on his lips and neck, and he was left without eyesight.
Nila, aged 19, was attacked with acid by her husband only a matter of weeks after her marriage took place. Upon having acid thrown straight in her face she was left to suffer locked in the house for up to five hours before anyone responded to her cries of agony.
Durjoy, at just one month 19 days old, was fed acid by his aunt after she feared that she would lose inheritance to the baby. The acid caused such damage that the babies neck fused to his chest, his lips and mouth was severly burnt, and he could only be drip-fed.
Deb Da, Cambodia
Deb Da’s mother was attacked with three liters of acid, thrown over her and poured into her mouth. The attack resulted in her death, and left Deb Da suffering from severe burn wounds on his face, neck, shoulders, chest and back.
Muhammad Sewagab, aged 29, was attacked by acid outside his home in December 1999 – “I had no idea what it was but it was eating into my skin and that changed my life – for the worst”.
Peyara was attacked with sulphuric acid after refusing to have an illicit relationship with a man who was tutoring her young son. The incident left Peyara permanently blind in one eye and with extensive burn injuries to her head, face, shoulders, chest and back. At the age of 6 her son, who was near her during the attack, was also severely burnt.
Lucky was attacked by acid in open daylight by her husband on her way home from a garment factory where she worked. At age 26, she is a single mother supporting her two children, and her husband of 15 years in marriage has not been seen since the attack.
Bushra, from Lodhran in Punjab, twice became a victim of a brutal acid attack in 2003. Both attacks occured when she was only the age of 13 years old.
Afshan is 9 years old. While picnicking at home with her family this summer, she and her mother were burned in a brutal attack by a local villager.
At age 14, Saeeda journeyed through a nightmarish marriage and acid attack to find recovery on the other side, thanks to ASF Pakistan.