According to Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI), about 1500 acid attacks take place every year around the globe. The real figure is likely much higher, since acid violence is a hidden form of violence and many attacks go unreported.
About 80 % of the victims are women and children, although there are some regional differences as well: in Uganda about 43 % of the victims are men. The reason behind the attacks is often a revenge or jealousy, it can also be connected to politics or business.
Acid violence is correlated with gender inequality, acid’s cheapness and accessibility and the failure of courts to convict perpetrators.
The act causes severe physical, psychological and social scarring. Acid violence is not restricted to a particular race, religion or geographical location.
Acid Survivors Foundation
Our partner in Pakistan, who have also supported our protagonist Mehwish, is Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) Pakistan.
Acid Survivors Foundation is a non-profit organisation who work to eradicate acid violence from Pakistan and to promote human rights of acid burn and other burn survivors through a peaceful democratic process.
The organisation was founded in 2006 with the support of Acid Survivors Trust International and it was officially registered in August 2007 under Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies (Registration and Control) Ordinance 1961.
ASF is following a culture sensitive, holistic 4 component developmental and human rights based approach:
- Stop acid and burn violence and prevent the proliferation of attacks.
- Ensure survivors receive the best available medical treatment in the long run.
- Ensure survivors get justice, exercise their fundamental rights in accordance with the Pakistani constitution and international conventions.
- Enable survivors to end up as proactive, democratic, empowered and autonomous citizens.
How you can help
You can directly support Acid Survivors Foundation Pakistan’s work by visiting their website for the contact and bank details. The work of the NGO's is made possible by individuals and organisations who contribute their time and resources. Even a little support is important. You can also support by volunteering or sharing information about their work.