Powerful images show the 'courageous' women targeted in acid attacks

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A photographer has captured a series of powerful images of acid attack survivors to show the “resilience and courage” of women targeted across the world.

Ann-Christine Woehrl, a professional photographer, travelled across Asia and Africa to interview and witness the daily lives of women who had been scarred in horrific attacks.

Working with charity the Acid Survivors Trust International (ACTI), she photographed the women’s horrific injuries to give a powerful insight into the lasting damage of the assaults.

An exhibition of the photographs will go on display at the Leyden Gallery in east London on Wednesday, with the capital having been rocked by a spate of horrific attacks in recent months.

Survivor Farida, who was attacked in her hometown in Bangladesh, and her niece

According to ASTI, the UK now has the highest number of reported attacks in the world, with more than 400 reported in London alone in 2016.

It also said the majority of attacks across the world are targeted at women. 

A spokesman for the charity said: “We want an end to acid violence and a world where survivors live in dignity and without fear.

Sokneang, 33 years old was attacked with acid while watching TV in her home in Cambodia in 2005

“[Ann Christine Woehrl] gives us an intimate glimpse into the day-to-day activities of survivors as they rebuild their lives.

“Her photographs capture the exceptional resilience and courage of survivors as well as their moments of despair and joy.”

The exhibition will run at the Leydon Gallery, in Spitalfields, from Wednesday, September 13 to Saturday, September 16.

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