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The NGO End Acid Violence in Uganda is pushing for satisfactory compensation for victims of acid attacks.
Acid attacks have been on the rise in Uganda. Organisations such as End Acid Violence Uganda are pushing for a law that would see harsher punishments for perpetrators such as a ‘no bail policy’, satisfactory compensation for victims, and implementation of a medical care policy paid for by the government. End Acid Violence Uganda officers make regular home visits to survivors to offer support and guidance
Linette Kirungi (left) and Jennifer Mutesi (right), outside Jennifer’s business in Kampala. Linette is a programme officer at End Acid Violence Uganda. She pays regular home visits to other acid attack survivors to connect, guide and help them cope with the trauma that comes after being attacked.
Daniel Kasolo was attacked with acid when he was 18 years old, by his close friend. As a result of the attack he lost an eye and also his hope in humanity, believing that people were cruel. Yet he eventually found love: he is now happily married with two children, and he owns a mobile phone shop in Nansana, on the outskirts of Kampala.
Linette Kirungi, 28, in her office in Kampala, where she is a programme officer at End Acid Violence Uganda. Due to her own experience, she helps other survivors. Linette was attacked with acid by her boyfriend in 2012 because she wanted to focus on her career first and not marry him.
Namudu Madina, who was attacked by her husband with acid, poses for a portrait at her home in the outskirts of Kampala.
Close friends Reenah Ntoreinwe (left) and Linette Kirungi (right) are pictured at their local bar in Kampala. They met each other as acid attack survivors; they go out together, visit other survivors and support each other when things get difficult.
Jennifer Mutesi had acid poured over her face in 2011 by a co-worker who was jealous of her success. She lost sight in one eye; she remembers that as the acid was burning her, people in the streets were filming the situation with their mobile phones rather than helping her. After a long recovery and trauma, she now owns a small bar and makes enough money to support her four children.