KATHERINE KIVIAT PHOTOGRAPHY

Pakistan: Burn Victims in Pakistan

Sabira Manzoor(left), 31, and Iram Saeed (right), 30yrs, both burn victims and survivors, at Iram's mother's house in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on February 12, 2009.  Both women have received educational training and reconstructive surgeries from the Depilex Smile Again NGO.  I   There are presently over 300 cases of burn victims registered in Pakistan.  Most victims are between the ages of 14 - 25 years old.  Motives vary,  but are most frequently obsession, jealousy, suspected infidelity, husband wanting to re-marry, sexual non-cooperation.    The face and genitalia are the areas most generally targeted, those guaranteeing complete disfiguration.
  
Kanwal Qayyan (left), 25 years old, sits on her hospital bed, while her cousin, Mehnaz Humaoon (right) braids her hair at the Family Health Hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan on November 19, 2008.   Kanwal is one of the 327 female burn victims presently accounted for in Pakistan, most are between the ages of 14 -25. The face and genitalia are the areas most generally targeted, those guaranteeing complete disfiguration.  Motives vary,  but are most frequently obsession, jealousy, suspected infidelity, husband wanting to re-marry, sexual non-cooperation. Kanwal has had 10 surgeries thus far and has many more to go.  She was on her way to her first day of work as an air- hostess when a man she does not know threw acid on her.  She suspects that her husband was involved, but this has not been proven legally.  Kanwal lives in Karachi with her two children.
  
Saira Liaquat, 22yrs, burn victim and survivor, holding an old photograph of herself before she was burned with acid by her husband.  Photographed at Saira's parents' home in Lahore, Pakistan on February 7, 2009.  Saira is presently working as beautician at the Depilex beauty salon in Lahore, Pakistan.  There are presently over 300 cases of burn victims registered in Pakistan.  Most victims are between the ages of 14 - 25 years old.  Motives vary,  but are most frequently obsession, jealousy, suspected infidelity, husband wanting to re-marry, sexual non-cooperation.    The face and genitalia are the areas most generally targeted, those guaranteeing complete disfiguration.
     
  
Saira Liaquat, 22yrs, burn victim and survivor, working on client, Mrs. Ishaq's hair at the Depilex beauty salon in Lahore, Pakistan on February 7, 2009. Saira is presently working as beautician at the Depilex beauty salon in Lahore, Pakistan.  There are presently over 300 cases of burn victims registered in Pakistan.  Most victims are between the ages of 14 - 25 years old.  Motives vary,  but are most frequently obsession, jealousy, suspected infidelity, husband wanting to re-marry, sexual non-cooperation.    The face and genitalia are the areas most generally targeted, those guaranteeing complete disfiguration.
  
Sabira Manzoor, 31 year old burn victim and survivor, in one of the spare bedrooms she  stays in at the Depilex beauty salon in Islamabad, Pakistan on November 17, 2008.  Sabira was burned 15 years ago by her husband who lit her on fire with kerosine oil. After 30 surgeries, Sabira is doing much better and is presently working at the Smile Again beauty salon in Lahore, Pakistan and the Depilex Salon in Islamabad, Pakistan as a beautician.  There are presently over 300 cases of burn victims in Pakistan.  Most victims are between the ages of 14 - 25 years old.  Motives vary,  but are most frequently obsession, jealousy, suspected infidelity, husband wanting to re-marry, sexual non-cooperation.    The face and genitalia are the areas most generally targeted, those guaranteeing complete disfiguration.
  
Sabira Manzoor, 31 year old burn victim, (right) working with client, Bushra, at the Depilex salon in Islamabad, Pakistan on November 17, 2008.  Sabira was burned 15 years ago by her husband who lit her on fire with kerosine oil. After 30 surgeries, Sabira is doing a lot better and is presently working at the Smile Again beauty salon in Lahore and the Depilex Salon in Islamabad Pakistan as a beautician.
     
  
Iram Saeed (right), 30yrs, burn victims and survivor, at her mother's house in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on February 12, 2009.  Iram has received educational training as a beautician and brail and had reconstructive surgeries from the Depilex Smile Again NGO. There are presently over 300 cases of burn victims registered in Pakistan.  Most victims are between the ages of 14 - 25 years old.  Motives vary,  but are most frequently obsession, jealousy, suspected infidelity, husband wanting to re-marry, sexual non-cooperation.    The face and genitalia are the areas most generally targeted, those guaranteeing complete disfiguration.