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Uganda Is Stopping Acid Attacks at the Source

Wednesday Mar 09, 2016 3:25 PM

Photo: YouTube/NBS TV Uganda

Acid attack survivors are fighting back against their attackers by pushing to change laws.

In 2011, Hanifa Nakiryowa was attacked with acid by her husband after a domestic abuse. To this day, Nakiryowa lives with the memories and the scars left by the gruesome attack.

But rather than just sitting down and letting it take over her life, Nakiryowa is fighting back for her and the thousands of acid attack survivors.

According to TakePart, about 1,500 acid attacks occur every year and most of the attacks happen in Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, the West Indies, and the Middle East.

It’s fairly easy to do as sulfuric acid could be purchased for less than $1 at a gas station or a corner store in Uganda.

But things are changing and it’s all thanks to Nakiryowa and her partner Gloria Kankunda.

The two survivors created the Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and Burns Violence (CERESAV) in Uganda. And together they have set up a Change.org petition calling for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to pass Toxic Chemicals Bill, a bill that would restrict the use of toxic chemicals to medical research, into law. Those who violate the law could be convicted to life in prison.

The petition received more than 275,000 signatures and by December 2015, the bill was signed into law.

CERESAV’s continued effort not only gave justice to survivors but it may also prevent further attacks that would change people’s lives.


This article is brought to you by our partners at RYOT. Click here to view the original article on RYOT.org

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