On August 1, 2010 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Sokreun Mean, 36, holds a photo of herself when she was 18 years old. She was attacked outside her home with a large quantity of acid causing blindness and severe disfiguration to her face. She has been operated on over 20 times. Sokreun was divorced, but the estranged wife of her husband became jealous and attacked her. She is one of 270 patients receiving treatment by the Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity (CASC), an organization dedicated to the welfare of acid survivors in Cambodia, since 2006. The organization offers a safe medical facility and home for the survivors as they recover both physically and mentally from their trauma. The number of acid attacks in the country has been growing in recent years and in the first few months of 2010, according to CASC who documented 10 attacks in the first 3 months of this year, 17 through June. By Paula Bronstein/Getty Images.
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