Friday, July 16, 2010

Cambodia drafts new law to combat rise in acid attacks

In a number of Asian countries, acid attacks which distort the victim's face have become a serious problem. Cambodia is the country most affected outside the South Asian subcontinent.

The Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity (CASC) is based at a house on a hectare of land outside Phnom Penh. In the front room a group of a dozen men and women are resting or getting physiotherapy treatment. All have been burned by acid.

Statistics from CASC show that more than half of acid victims are deliberately attacked. CASC has recorded 103 people burned with acid in the past five years, with another 16 so far this year. But its coordinator Ziad Samman says the true number is likely far higher since CASC sees only a fraction of those hurt.

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