In the city of London alone, acid attacks on individuals have skyrocketed by 65 per cent over the past year to 431 cases. This is the equivalence of one attack every 20 hours, leaving a growing number of victims with life-changing injuries.
One victim who suffers from such injuries is 23-year-old Musa Miah. Musa was forced to undergo two skin graft operations after household chemicals were used as a weapon against him and a close friend.
He was attacked in March of 2016 at East India Dock in east London and was later devastated to learn he had lost 15 per cent of his left eye.
Musa described the attack: “After about a minute, I could feel it starting to burn. My eyelids were burnt as well as the skin on my face.
“For six months I did not dare step out of the house. When I was in the hospital, they had to cover up the mirror because I wasn’t ready to look at myself.”
His attackers were a 16-year-old boy and a man, 20, who were both charged with throwing corrosive fluids with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.
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