A beautiful blog called KindnessBlog.com recently posted an article and pictures of a mother and daughter from Iran who were attacked with acid by the mother’s abusive husband.
I decided to blog about the article because despite suffering a cruel attack in which acid was poured on their faces, hands and bodies, leading to severe pain and disfigurement, the daughter and mother are clearly glad to still have each other. This is captured through one of the pictures in which the daughter kisses her mother. They are survivors, and that is inspiring.
Also inspiring is an organization called Acid Survivors Trust International. Here’s a bit about them from their website:
Acid violence is the deliberate use of acid to attack another human being. The victims of acid violence are overwhelmingly women and children, and attackers often target the head and face in order to maim, disfigure and blind. The act rarely kills but causes severe physical, psychological and social scarring, and victims are often left with no legal recourse, limited access to medical or psychological assistance, and without the means to support themselves. Acid violence is a worldwide phenomenon that is not restricted to a particular race, religion or geographical location.
Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI) is the only organisation whose sole purpose is to work towards the end of acid violence across the world. Recognising the need for local knowledge and expertise in order to combat acid violence effectively, ASTI founded and continues to support the development of six partner organisations in Bangladesh,Cambodia,Pakistan, Nepal, Uganda and India. It also works with UN agencies, NGOs and strategic partners from across the world to increase awareness of acid violence and develop effective responses at the national and international level.
Their work has produced some important reforms and changes in combating this disgusting, misogynistic crime:
The Bangladesh government introduced acid specific legislation in 2002. The Pakistani government passed the Criminal Law Amendment Act 2011. The Cambodian government passed legislation in 2012.
Bangladesh has seen a significant reduction in acid attacks- from 496 in 2002 to under 100 in 2011. This is a 75% reduction. In Bangladesh we have an approach that appears to be bringing about the desired goal of eradicating acid violence. This must serve as an inspiration for a global effort to eradicate this horrific form of gender-based violence.
I chose not to reblog the KindnessBlog.com article directly because the images may be upsetting to some readers, as they were for me. If you’d like to read the article in its entirety along with the pictures, or get more information about acid violence, please see the links provided above.