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Acid Attacks Convictions Triple From 2011 Till 2012: From 6% till 18% Conviction Rate.

March 18th, 2013

Our conclusion? good but insufficient, can do much better!!!

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3rd Media Training on Effective Reporting On Acid Violence, Lahore 29th September 2012

October 3rd, 2012
In collaboration with UK Aid, UN Women.

Media exploring further the phenomenon of acid violence and its reality in Pakistan

Nazeeran’s Book On Its Way…

November 22nd, 2010

Nazeeran's book being on sale at Carrefour , a major French supermarket group.

An Article From The Express Tribune…

June 7th, 2010

    Rebuilding shattered lives

    By Maha Mussadaq
    June 05, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: When Valerie Khan Yusufzai came to Pakistan in 1996, she had no idea that she would be setting up an organisation dedicated to changing the lives of acid victims in the country.

    With her husband, Mohammad Yusufzai, she moved first to Swabi and then to Islamabad.

    “My family was not worried about me marrying a Pakistani man; they were more worried about me moving to Pakistan,” said Valerie.

    She grew up in a strict environment with strong values in France. “So moving to NWFP actually felt like home,” she said.

    A French literature graduate, she taught French for 12 years in Islamabad. But in 2005, Valerie’s mission began, when she first learnt about acid violence in Pakistan.

    “I was not aware of the phenomenon [of acid violence] until I saw a victim at the beauty parlour. Seeing her disfigurement from a woman’s perspective, there was a strong instinctive force inside me that pushed me to help her,” she said.

    Valerie helped the woman as much as she could, until financial and administration issues surfaced and she could not continue.

    But it seemed Valerie had found her calling. With the support of family and friends, she turned her humanitarian efforts into a more formal organisation and the Acid Survivors Foundation was registered in 2007, with Valerie as Chairperson and her husband as Executive Director.

    Since January 2007, 87 patients have registered with the organisation.

    “Now we are facing financial issues, not because more cases have started occurring, but because more are being reported,” she said.

    Victims can get free surgery at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad and Benazir Bhutto Hospital in Rawalpindi but these hospitals are already overburdened with patients.

    Valerie feels that, even more than hospital burn centres, “The government needs to provide us with area to build Nursing Rehabilitation Units.”

    These units will provide comprehensive rehabilitation services, medical and surgical nursing care, physiotherapy and psychotherapy as well as socioeconomic services.

    “The rehabilitation is not just physical; the real work is to rebuild their shattered confidence and help them face the world again,” Valerie said.

    At present, the patients are kept at a nursing care rehabilitation unit in Sector I-10.

    “None of the victims will ever be exactly the same. We are not magicians, we are just social workers trying to make a difference,” she said.

    Valerie said there was no support from the government in terms of funds because they did not trust local NGOs. “The government should double check the credibility of NGOs by checking their receipts, bank statements, legal documents. If this is done, the corrupt ones will be identified,” she said.

    “The Acid Crime and Protection Bill was tabled in the National Assembly in December 2009 and much more work needs to be done to get it implemented,” she said.

    The number of acid violence incidents increased in the last eights years, with 10 in 2002 and almost 50 in 2008, according to statistics from the Acid Survivor Foundation collected between 1991 and 2008.

    The reason behind almost half of all reported cases, is family disputes, and 90 percent of the cases are reported in Punjab. Of all cases reported between 1991 and 2009, 61 percent of victims were female and 39 percent were male.

    Valerie said her mission would continue as long as she lives. “We do thank God for what we are blessed with but every now and then there is a feeling within us that we must achieve more.”

    “Do not believe you are doing something big because there are many exceptional people out there making a difference. One must always remain humble,” Valerie said.

    Published in the Express Tribune, June 5th, 2010.

    Reader Comments

    Comments (3)
    • jamal shahid

      20 hours ago

      biggest fan .. like totally

    • zahra

      12 hours ago

      Love the story I follow ur stories everyday…keep it up!!! you are a brilliant journalist….


    • Hassan Durrani

      11 hours ago

      Nice Article … For Sure


June 4th, 2010

Acid Survivors Foundation can only guarantee the relevance of its data and the ones stated in ASF statistics but does not give any guarantee of any kind for whatever is published in various articles, books, magasines, etc… as :

- mistakes do occur frequently in the journalists statements

- some organisations do not necessarily follow a protocol of verification and liaison for notification/identification/tracing of acid attacks, do not necessary have reliable sources of information.

The figures of 8886 acid survivors since 1994 in Pakistan, is not an information that we will validate for the time being as it does not correspond to any data we came across so far. If any such new data is available, we would study it and of course would uodate ours accordingly and disseminate the information,

VKY, ASF Chairperson.

Acid Survivors Foundation In The Field, A Realistic View…

February 1st, 2010
Jean Loncle A French journalist, Valerie Khan Yusufzai and Rajprit ASTI communication officer in front of Nishtar hospital in Multan.

Jean Loncle A French journalist, Valerie Khan Yusufzai and Rajprit ASTI communication officer in front of Nishtar hospital in Multan.

Many of you must be wondering what Acid Survivors Foundation is exactly doing when the team goes on the field; we are therefore presenting you a collection of pictures that will illustrate our activities away from the Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Unit. Kindly note that keeping in touch with the local government, the stakeholders and the community is essential to create  a social disapproval regarding acid violence and generate social support for our action.
The same team talking to an acid retailer in Multan, Punjab.

The same team talking to an acid retailer in Multan, Punjab.

ASF team often meets acid shops owners to sensitize them about their civic responsibilities and the need to monitor the acid distribution.
Ultimately, we would like to create some sort of watch committees that could ensure that an acid sale regulation and monitoring law would be implemented efficiently.
These expert volunteers are always there for taking up the cases that need to be proceeded in front of the court. They are also essential to guide us and link us with influential politicians or parliamentarians who would be ready to support a change in the current legal framework. Thanks to them, justice is not a dream but becomes a reality. last but not least. Meeting the communities means that the survivors are acknowledged for their efforts and that this link is the key to the establishment of groups of change agents that will voice out against acid violence, domestic violence and child abuse.
ASF team doscussing the issue of acid violence in a village, in a family in which 31 family members were attacked with acid.

ASF team doscussing the issue of acid violence in a village, in a family in which 31 family members were attacked with acid.

ASF team and one of ASF pro bono lawyer : Mr Rasheed Rehman.

ASF team and one of ASF pro bono lawyer : Mr Rasheed Rehman.

Acid Violence And Hope In Pictures : Mohammad Hussein, Associated Press.

January 29th, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010



Picture This

Marked for Life


These are the folded hands of 25-year-old Nusrat Aflal, as he sits in front of a television. He is the victim of an acid attack, which left behind the brutal scars. He is a member of the Acid Survivors Foundation in Islamabad, Pakistan, a group which offers medical, psychological and legal help to acid attack victims. The perpetrators often come from the victims’ own families, making the attacks even more difficult for the victims to overcome. It is not uncommon for acid attack victims to commit suicide.

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