The mission of Project SAAVE (Stand Against Acid Violence) is to leverage the 2012 Oscar-winning documentary film SAVING FACE to raise greater awareness of the horrific global problem of acid violence, to spotlight the efforts of NGOs and other change agents working to eliminate it, and to highlight ways that individuals can get involved worldwide.

Our strategy is threefold:

  • to screen SAVING FACE around the world for leaders representing international agencies, governments, NGOs, academia, hospitals and other institutions positioned to impact policy, capacity and advocacy on the issue;
  • to equip individuals across sectors with SAVING FACE materials and resources – including the film, viewer’s guide and online platform – in order to educate through special screenings, spotlight those working to combat acid violence, and identify ways audience members can get involved; and,
  • to support special projects inspired by the film and designed and led by our NGO partners and other change agents to end acid violence, such as trainings, public awareness efforts, community events, and fundraisers.


Highlighted in the map above are countries where acid attacks have occurred over the past decade.  Unfortunately, certifiable data continues to be difficult to obtain because victims are reluctant to come forward and many of these governments deny the extent of the problem.

It is also critical to note that while acid violence has occurred in Australia, Belgium, the United Kingdom and the United States and the impact on survivors and their families is no less grave, the rate of attacks are far lower in these regions than in other areas of the globe. 

Acid attacks are highest in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India and Pakistan.

 Countries Highlighted (In Alphabetical Order)
Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Greece, Guyana, India, Iraq, Iran, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Uganda, the United States and United Kingdom