I’ve been learning more about the women from the Cambodian artisan group, and wanted to share a little bit about them with you. The women are victims of what is called an “acid attack.” Acid is thrown at the victims’ face and body as a form of revenge in such an attack. This is done because the attacker doesn’t want to kill, but would rather disfigure their victim. Attackers are usually not brought to justice. Once a woman is disfigured by an attack, they are immediately not welcomed anymore in mainstream Cambodian society. Usually they end up living in the outskirts of society; in slums with their children. Their lives are forever changed.
Trades of Hope has partnered with a group of these women in Cambodia to provide them hope for a future they thought they had lost. Jariya is the leader of this group, and she has already added many women to her business. They are so excited for this opportunity. I’ve included a video below from when our co-founder visited this group – it is clear that their work is giving them a sense of purpose, value, and dignity.
When I wear my Smoky Stone Ring, I can truly appreciate the care that went into making it, and the hope it is providing another woman.
For more information on what else is being done to help victims of acid attacks in Camobdia, you can visit The Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity (CASC) facebook page here. The Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity (CASC) was established in 2006 in direct response to the lack of services and the limited options for medical treatment made available to acid burn survivors in Cambodia and serves as the primary organization in Cambodia for acid burn survivors. CASC has four aspects to its work:
1. Surgical, medical, and psychological treatment;
2. Vocational training and social reintegration projects;
3. Legal assistance and advocacy for legal reform; and
4. Awareness raising, research, education and advocacy to eliminate acid violence altogether.