ACID ATTACKS.

By Charlene Ogu

We have all had those moments when we’re just disgusted with the world, the manifestations of brokenness and the reality of evil. As I get older, I become more and more uncomfortable with these manifestations. I don’t know if it’s just me paying more attention or if it’s the general direction of the world. Either way it’s horrific.

I’m talking about, yep you've read the title -acid attacks.

Acid attacks have increased by 73% in London alone, with the latest incident being this week.

Jameel Muhktar and Reshaam Khan were both attacked in their car in June this year. Jameel spoke to Channel 4 news about his traumatic experience.

 
 
 

Former model, Katie Piper was one of the first victims we publicly heard about in 2008 and she’s since managed to be an inspiration and encouragement for others in her campaign for burn survivors.

 

"Through my work at the Katie Piper Foundation, I've seen how the smallest of kindness can make a difference to someone's life. Even a simple smile can lift someone's heart."  

-KATIE PIPER

 

Although men and women in the UK have to deal with the consequences of such attacks this is unfortunately an act that has predominantly affected women in countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan and India.

The experience of Flavia, an acid attack survivor in Uganda in 2009.

"It only slowly sank in that I was really badly off. I was angry, sad, depressed. I was crying all the time. I missed what I had looked like. I did not want to accept that I would look like this for the rest of my life. My family and friends being there for me helped a lot. I spent seven months at hospital."

-FLAVIA

http://www.asti.org.uk/flavia.html

This is the story of Geeta Mahour and her daughter who Was attacked by her husband in Bangladesh.

It’s a crime that is truly terrifying.

 

Here’s what we can do to help combat it

 

Sign a Petition to prohibit the sale of acid to those without a licence in the UK

 🡺 https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-prohibit-the-purchase-of-acid-to-those-without-a-licence

 

First aid for chemical burns 

 🡺 https://www.sja.org.uk/sja/what-we-do/latest-news/first-aid-for-acid-attacks.aspx

 

Donate to help victim, families and campaigners internationally

 🡺 http://www.asti.org.uk/

 

Pray!

 🡺For victims, families, perpetrators, government legislators,

for the change of attitude in spaces where violence against women is a huge issue .

 

 

The thumbnail for this article comes from Priya Shakti's comic book series featuring the first Indian woman superhero and rape survivor.

 
Charlene Ogu