This Photo Series Captures The Painful Reality Of The Life Of An ‪#‎Acid_Attack_Survivor

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Recently, at the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, Iranian photographer #AsgharKhamseh was awarded the L’Iris d’Or Photographer of the Year award for his photo series #FireofHatred, which directs attention to survivors of acid attacks in Iran.

#1 Somayeh Mehri, 29, Bam

“Somayeh Mehri, 29 years old, resident of Bam. One day, Somayeh decided she had to divorce. In June 2011, her husband responded by throwing acid on her face and body as well as on her daughter Raana. Somayeh and Raana were disfigured and both lost their right eyes. Somayeh survived for 4 years, suffering through pain and numerous operations. In April 2015, due to side effects from the attack, including lung scarring, she died in one of Tehran’s hospital. Above, Somayeh’s photo is held in Raana’s hands.”
Somayeh Mehri

#2 Maryam Zamani, 38, and Arezo Hashemi Nezhad, 13, Tehran

“Maryam Zamani, 38 years old with Arezo Hashemi Nezhad, 13 years old. Both Tehran residents. In 2010, while Maryam and her three daughters were sleeping, her brother’s wife attacked her and her children with acid (vindictively and from envy). Both Maryam and Arezo, one of her daughters, were completely disfigured. They have had many surgeries and still need more.”
Maryam Zamani, 38, and Arezo Hashemi Nezhad

#3 Shirin Mohamadi, 18, Tehran

“An 18-year-old Tehran resident, she said no to her suitor on the first day of New Year 2012. She was then attacked with acid by her suitor. Shirin lost her right eye, nose, one of her ears and her mouth was damaged severely. Other parts of her body were burned deeply. She has had a lot of surgeries and still needs to have more to continue improving her condition.”
Shirin Mohamadi

#4 Mohsen Mortazavi, 34

“Mohsen Mortazavi, 34 years old. During his first day of work in 2012, his co-worker welcomed him back with 3 liters acid. After that, he knifed him 16 times. All of this in revenge for making prank calls. Only once the attacks were concluded did his co-worker understood that Mohsen did not make those prank calls—it was someone else. Mohsen was completely disfigured and also lost his right eye, the skin on his head, his right eardrum and his auricle.”
Mohsen Mortazavi

#5 Raana Por Amrai, 38, and Fatemeh Qalandari, 8, Kohdasht

“Raana Por Amrai, 38 years old, and Fatemeh Qalandari, 8 years old, are both residents of Kohdasht in Khoram Abad. Raana’s brother-in-law imagined Raana caused his wife to divorce with him. Therefore, on July 2015, he found it a good occasion to throw acid on Raana and Fatemeh. During this attack, Raana’s face, eyes, hands and some parts of her neck were burnt. Meanwhile, Fatemeh’s scapula, hand and arms were burnt.”
Raana Por Amrai, 38, and Fatemeh Qalandari, 8, Kohdasht

#6 Masoumeh Atai, 32, Esfahan

“Masoumeh Atai, 32 years old, Esfahan resident. In 2008, she divorced her husband. Two years later, she was attacked with acid by her ex-father-in-law. The reason for the acid throwing was that Masoumeh disagreed with her father-in-law, who wanted her to reconcile with her ex-husband. Masoumeh lost her sight.”
Masoumeh Atai

#7 Zivar Parvin, 37

“Zivar Parvin, 37 years old. After her husband died, her brother-in-law proposed to her. Her answer was no. On the night of July 9, 2011, her brother-in-law (along with his wife) threw acid on Zivar and her 18-year-old daughter Yasra while they were sleeping. 18 days after the acid attack, Yasra died. Zivar lost her left eye completely. The photo in her hand pictures Zivar before the acid attack.”
 Zivar Parvin

#8 Mahnaz Kazemi, 39, Qom

“Mahnaz Kazemi, 39 years old, Qom resident (the Qom province is 130 km south of Tehran). Mahnaz was always beaten and harmed by her husband. She decided to divorce him. When her husband learned about this petition for divorce, he attacked Mehnaz with acid. Mahnaz lost her beauty—but also her left eye and one ear completely.”
Mahnaz Kazemi

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