CAMBODIAN ACID SURVIVORS

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03 Mar 2013 15:00

Acid throwing is a form of violent assault that scar survivors physically, physical disabilities, emotionally, and socially stigmatic. Prevalent motivations behind attacks include hate and jealousy, family dispute, however identifying motivation and gathering
information on incidents remain challenging as many cases remain unreported and many victims are afraid to talk about attacks. In Cambodia, where acid can be easily available and inexpensive, acid is used as weapon to settle disputes.

Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity (CASC) is the only organization to provide survivors free shelter, medical and psychological care and legal supports in Guatemala.
According to CASC, 257 accidents and 306 victims are recorded since 1985. Among them approximately 52 % are female and 48% are males. Twenty six incidents and 40 survivors were documented in 2010, 17 incidents and 25 survivors in 2011. In 2012, 8 incidents and 9 survivors are recorded by the month of August. CASC, however, claims many more cases remain unreported.

In February 2010, the Royal Government of Cambodia formally acknowledged acid violence as a national issue. On Nov. 4 2011, Cambodian National Assembly passed a long-waited acid violence legislation that penalizes perpetrators and regulates the sale of acid.

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (2 of...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

Acid attack survivor Bun Cheata, 4, sits on the bed at CASC, Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The mother of Bun Cheata, Chheav Chenda was doused with acid when she was riding a motorbike with her three children in February of 2008. Her husband had left Cheav to move to France with his girlfriend. The attack was planned by the girlfriend who was jealous of husband’s visit to Cambodia. The attack left Cheav with blind and difficulties in strength and movement, her daughter Bun Cheata bold and serious burns over a large proportion of her body. Other children recieved a few scars.

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (3 of...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

Acid attack suvivor Chheav Chenda calms her daughter Bun Cheata, 4, at CASC, Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The mother of Bun Cheata, Chheav Chenda was doused with acid when she was riding a motorbike with her three children in February of 2008. Her husband had left Cheav to move to France with his girlfriend. The attack was planned by the girlfriend who was jealous of husband’s visit to Cambodia. The attack left Cheav with blind and difficulties in strength and movement, her daughter Bun Cheata bold and serious burns over a large proportion of her body. Other children recieved a few scars.

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (4 of...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

Acid attack suvivor Chheav Chenda puts a turban on her daughter Bun Cheata, 4, at CASC, Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Chheav Chenda was doused with acid when she was riding a motorbike with her three children in February of 2008. Her husband had left Cheav to move to France with his girlfriend. The attack was planned by the girlfriend who was jealous of husband’s visit to Cambodia. The attack left Cheav with blind and difficulties in strength and movement, her daughter Bun Cheata bold and serious burns over a large proportion of her body. Other children recieved a few scars.

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (5 of...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

Acid attack suvivor Chheav Chenda puts a turban on her daughter Bun Cheata, 4, at CASC, Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Chheav Chenda was doused with acid when she was riding a motorbike with her three children in February of 2008. Her husband had left Cheav to move to France with his girlfriend. The attack was planned by the girlfriend who was jealous of husband’s visit to Cambodia. The attack left Cheav with blind and difficulties in strength and movement, her daughter Bun Cheata bold and serious burns over a large proportion of her body. Other children recieved a few scars.

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (6 of...
Phnon Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

Dep Da and his mother were doused with 3 liters of acid by their neighbors after disputes in 2002. Dep Da's mother Long Cha Toul died of the accident, Dep Da received severe burns and has suffered from epilepsy since the incident. Dep Da works at CASC as the security guard and maintenance officer. He married to another acid burn survivor at CASC.

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (7 of...
Phnon Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

CASC physiotherapist massages Keo Srey Vy's scars to improve comfort and maneuverability. Keo Srey Vy, 36, received injures to her face and body in a result of a brutal acid attack by the hands of her brother-in-law . Srey Vy received injuries to her face, eyes, shoulders, left hand, and the left side of her back. She believes that her action of filing a law suit against her brother-in-law for selling his two year old daughter was motivation for the attack.

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (8 of...
Phnon Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

Acid attack victim Thong Kham sheds tear as she talks about her scars in a result of attack in May 1990. She believes that the perpetrator made a mistake and attacked the wrong person.

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (9 of...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

Keo Srey Vy, 36, received injures to her face and body as a result of a brutal acid attack by the hands of her brother-in-law . Srey Vy received injuries to her face, eyes, shoulders, left hand, and the left side of her back. She believes that her action of filing a law suit against her brother-in-law for selling his two years old daughter as motivation for the attack.

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (10 o...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

Dep Da and his mother were doused with 3 liters of acid by their neighbors because of disputes in 2002. Dep Da's mother Long Cha Toul died, Dep Da received severe burns and has suffered from epilepsy since the incident.

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (12 o...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

An unidentified acid attack survivor in CASC (Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity), Phnom Penh.

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (13 o...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

An acid attack by brother-in-law, Srey Vy injuried her face, eyes, shoulders, left hand, and the left side of her back. Her action of filing a law suit against her brother-in-law for selling his two years old daughter Socheta caused the attack.

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (14 o...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

Chheav Chenda and her daughter Bun Cheata were attacked by Chenda's husbadn's girlfriend while they were riding on a motorbike in February 2008. Two share one afternoon at CASC.

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (15 o...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

Chheav Chenda and her daughter Bun Cheata were attacked by five men in February 2008. An attack left Chenda blind with difficulties in strength and movement. Four years old Bun Cheata suffered serious burns over a large portion of her body and head.

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (16 o...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

An acid attack by brother-in-law, Srey Vy injuried her face, eyes, shoulders, left hand, and the left side of her back. Her action of filing a law suit against her brother-in-law for selling his two years old daughter Socheta cause the attack..

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (17 o...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

Chheav Chenda and her daughter Bun Cheata were attacked by five men leaving Chenda blind and with difficulties in strength and movement. Four years old Bun Cheata suffered serious burns over a large portion of her body and head.

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (18 o...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

Chheav Chenda and her daughter Bun Cheata were attacked by five men leaving Chenda blind and with difficulties in strength and movement. Four years old Bun Cheata suffered serious burns over a large portion of her body and head.

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (19 o...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

“I’m ugly" says acid attack victim Thong Kham with tears in her eyes as she talks about her scars in a result of attack in May 1990. She believes that the perpetrator made a mistake and attacked the wrong person.

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (20 o...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

Acid attack victim Thong Kham talks about her scars in a result of attack in May 1990. She believes that the perpetrator made a mistake and attacked the wrong person.

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (21 o...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

Acid violence survivors share some time in the patio of Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity, CASC.

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (22 o...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

CASC physiotherapist massages Keo Srey Vy's scars to improve comfort and maneuverability.

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (23 o...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

The map that shows the number of acid violence in Cambodia is on the wall of the office of Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity, (CASC).

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Cambodian Acid Attack Survivors (24 o...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By hiroko tanaka
05 Jan 2010

Acid violence survivors share some moments in the yard at CASC (Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity).
-- A critical issue in the country, acid violence scars victims physically, emotionally and socially. Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity in Phnom Penh is the only organization to provide extensive support to acid violence victims in Cambodia.