Acid Attack Victim Photos – 36 Year Old Sokreun Mean from Cambodia

Sokreun Mean - 36 Year Old Cambodian Victim of Acid Attack

Cambodia has a very, very long history of bloodshed and violence. You can go through history books and read up on any part of Cambodian past and all you will find will be violence. The country as it is today is not different from the way it has always been. With its stellar corruption record and a complete joke of a police force, a value of human lives is in the neighbourhood of $20. Gun ownership is unregulated and uncontrolled, with handguns sold in the streets in broad daylight and thousands upon thousands of military grade weapons and explosives still floating around since the Khmer Rouge rule. Killing someone in Cambodia is as easy as pulling out that handgun you have and shooting them in the head in the street. In 9 out of 10 cases, the body will be eaten by stray dogs and nobody will bother to investigate into it. In a rare case that it’s someone associated with the powerful Cambodian elite, the heads will be chopped. Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen is a totalitarian dictator second in the number of people he had removed from his path only to Hitler or Stalin. Cambodia just rocks like that.

What kind of people do you think a society like this produces? I was gonna say – ask any of the foreigners who were brutally murdered in Cambodia, but they can no longer speak. Some were murdered for 2,000 Cambodian Riels (equivalent of 50 US cents) – just ask the family of Australian John Edward Thompson, others were beaten to death and as their body was laying there lifeless, the perpetrators stole all of their belongings, including their clothes letting them die in a ditch naked – just ask the family of Canadian Jiri Zivny who volunteered in Cambodia as an Aid Worker. The list of foreigners violently murdered in Cambodia just goes on.

Cambodia is also the rape capital of the world with men freely raping everyone from small children to elderly women without any form of recourse. Would it surprise anyone that Cambodia has some of the world’s highest rates of acid attacks per capita in the world? Since its induction in 2006, Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity registered 270 acid attack victims (CASC only registers victims who seek treatment and support through them, hence actual number of victims is much higher). 10 New cases were added to the total in the first three months of 2010 and by June of the same year – just before pictures of Sokreun Mean, the acid attack victim from the gallery below were taken – the number of acid attack victims grew by 17. There is basically one acid attack somewhere in Cambodia every few days.

These are no hoax acid attacks. Unlike the recent case of Bethany Storro from Vancouver, Canada, the attacks in Cambodia are very much real and victims end up severely scarred. Sokreun Mean lost her eyes and had her face severely disfigured after estranged wife of her ex-husband threw large quantity of acid on her. Sokreun Mean has been operated on more than 20 times but remains vastly disfigured and completely blind.

Gallery of photos of what Sokreun Mean is below. All photos are copyright 2010 Paula Bronstein, Getty Images Asia.

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21 thoughts on “Acid Attack Victim Photos – 36 Year Old Sokreun Mean from Cambodia

  1. Wow, that is truly horrific. I mean that is monster worthy, it must have been so painful. I keep on wondering how someone could have gotten acid but then again it’s Cambodia…

  2. She was so pretty and all of a sudden, it’s like her face got erased. So sad… but sometimes things happen in life and we just have to suck it in. It was just so sad hers happened in the form of someone throwing acid on her face. But her courage is admirable.

  3. I’m almost lost for words…this is so cruel!
    Nevertheless a vid of the moment the acid was thrown in her face would’ve been interesting/utterly shocking; but i wish it didn’t happen to her, but it did so…it’s fascinating in a dark way.
    Why did she do it i wonder.

  4. I think I see (no pun intended) where your coming from. I’ve read when people loose one of their senses, the other four become stronger. So in this case, her eyes are gone but her sense to hear or feel could be stronger than when she had her eyes.
    Also maybe she just knows the layout of her surroundings and knows what to do. I’ve lived in the same neighborhood all my life and I can say confidently if I had to walk to my neighborhood shopping center with my eyes closed I know I could do it.

  5. She was a very beautiful woman once but at least she survived. As for that estranged wife of her ex-husband, someone should throw acid in her face and see how she likes it…..b*tch!

  6. Bethany Storro is from Vancouver, WA, USA, not Canada. And actually Cambodia keeps a tight lid on its murder rate, they have never made public any official stats.

    I suspect they have a good reason for that.

  7. i wonder if she fought back, did she even have the chance to. she is probably one of the inpiring who survuved something horrible. i dont know what to think, am i suppose to care or say whatever. having split personalitys doesnt help. she reminds me of the girl with the fire that destroyed her face.

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