Acid Attacks: Burnt But Not Defeated

Earlier today, I posted about the savage stoning of 13-year-old rape victim Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow, saying that “it’s difficult not to become disillusioned with the grim reality that this kind of brutality continues across the globe and that it’s more often women and children who bear the brunt of it.”

Speaking of women and children bearing the brunt of violence, last week we heard about acid attacks on Afghan schoolgirls:

No students showed up at Mirwais Mena girls’ school in the Taliban’s spiritual birthplace the morning after it happened.

A day earlier, men on motorcycles attacked 15 girls and teachers with acid. The men squirted the acid from water bottles onto three groups of students and teachers walking to school Wednesday, principal Mehmood Qaderi said. Some of the girls have burns only on their school uniforms but others will have scars on their faces. One teenager still cannot open her eyes after being hit in the face with acid.

“Today the school is open, but there are no girls,” Qaderi said Thursday. “Yesterday, all of the classes were full.” His school has 1,500 students.

To get a visceral sense of what these women and girls endure, watch this clip: