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Acid Survivors

October 22, 2005

Acid. The word conjures up various images.

For some, its that discomfort in the stomach after a heavy meal. For others it is the stuff you find in science labs in school. But for a few, it is a horrible reminder of their life. Everytime they look in the mirror they see the word Acid.

In the ‘developed’ world, the sale of acids are severely controlled due to the simple fact that they are so dangerous. But in the developing world, such controls are not in place. So it is relatively to buy concentrated forms of acid and use them to attack whom you wish. Invariably it is women who suffer such attacks.

As UNICEF define them:

“In an acid attack, a man throws acid (the kind found in car batteries) on the face of a girl or woman. Any number of reasons can lead to acid attacks. A delayed meal or the rejection of a marriage proposal is offered as justification for a man to disfigure a woman with acid. Sulfuric acid is ubiquitous, being the basic, inexpensive ingredient for making lead acid batteries in all motorized vehicles all over the world. There does not appear to be any way of reducing its availability in any way.”

To use Bangladesh as an example, 2003 saw over 400 attacks reported. Pakistan has had almost 1000 attacks reported by Human Rights Watch. But this is not simply a south asian problem. Africa is seemingly suffering the same problem with Nigeria,Uganda and other areas of sub-saharan Africa leading the field.

The Acid Survivors Trust is an organisation who work with local support groups for survivors of such attacks to give them the confidence to rejoin general society and speak out against this heinous crime.

Here are a few more linkys for articles on this issue (Warning some of the images may upset):

She was born a girl and that’s why she had to pay the penalty; her father tried to kill her by pouring acid into her mouth.”

Monira’s Story

 

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10 Comments
  1. cricketgal permalink

    hey where did ya template go?? *cunfuzld*

    wasalam

  2. Yeah I know!!! Blog.com decided to unicode their back end. And fiddled with my templatey bits as well. I wonder where the picture of my chin has gone!

  3. Yeah, it is a shame about the template drops and whatnot. My blog stats page still doesn’t work, nor does my profile.

    Oh well.

    Very interesting blog entry. I checked out some of those articles — yikes.

  4. Ouch…that’s just pure evil!

  5. Got to ur blog from Global Voices Online.

    Very sad about those acid victims. Last year the BSA here at Univ. of Toronto donated proceeds from their annual cultural show to the acid victims of Bangladesh. Some very disturbing documentaries came to light when the issue was first being discussed. Those who commit these crimes should be given the same punishments as rapists, murderers and drug dealers.

  6. WTF? permalink

    What kind of deranged, psychopathic society condones the use of acid as a medium of communication. Sure, here in the west we may live indivualistic lives, dramatically cutting down on our sense of belonging in any group or community. But, i’d take a world of isolation and remote relationships, to that of a public who adheres to the belief that "if she doesn’t want to f*#k you (at the age of 12), then just throw some acid in her face… hey it’s your wife… you shouldn’t have to put up with that!"

  7. The only way to stop this arbaric activity is only by raising awareness and also punishing severely the criminals.

  8. Hey Shap,

    I am a bangladeshi blogger too. My site is:

    http://salamdhaka.blogspot.com/

    I like your topic – acid is a big problem. I’ll add your blog to my links. Do the same if you like mine.

    later man,

  9. To WTF,

    I wouldn”t say that society condones these actions. Its just that when it isn”t expressed in public then the public do not know. Think about the Child Abuse scandals which rocked the Catholic church a few years ago, that was only because those abused children grew up and then spoke up. Before then, the public didnt know so could not condemn.

  10. i love your blog, great !

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