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By Arturo Wallace
BBC Mundo, Bogota

The 28-year-old Colombian recalls vividly the acid attack five years ago that left her with burns to her face, chest and hands, and cost her the use of her left eye.

"You never imagine that it can happen to you."

Acid-throwing is more usually associated with violence against women in countries such as Bangladesh or Pakistan, but current trends suggest the risk of women being disfigured and blighted by acid might actually be higher in Colombia.

The Colombian Institute of Legal Medicine registered 55 such attacks in 2010 and 42 in 2011.

A further 22 acid attacks have been reported so far this year.

According to Ms Hernandez, who belongs to a local acid-survivors group, the real number is much higher.




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