Domestic Violence, Person To Person Violence, Violence Against Women
The Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and Burns Violence (CERESAV) is a non-governmental organization established in 2012 to address acid violence in Uganda. We work to raise awareness of acid violence in Uganda and internationally, advocate for changes in laws on the sale and distribution of acid, and provide legal and health services to acid violence survivors. CERESAV was founded in 2012 by Hanifa Nakiryowa, a Ugandan acid attack survivor. Orchestrated by her ex-husband, the attack left her with significant facial scarring and loss of vision in one eye. During her recovery in the burns unit at Mulago Hospital, Hanifa met many other women and men who had been disfigured by acid. Moved by their stories, Hanifa felt compelled to bring light to the problem of acid violence and bring hope to survivors suffering in silence. Our mission is to raise awareness of and prevent acid and burns violence in Uganda; empower survivors by providing them support in their rehabilitation, confidence in their physical appearance, and hope for the future; and collaborate with acid attack rehabilitation centers globally to bring an end to acid violence. Our motto of ‘Unveiling the Scars’ reflects our ethos of encouraging survivors to live boldly and without shame. We believe it is only when survivors display their physical and psychological scars that society will be confronted with the reality of acid violence and fully motivated to act against it.