Photographs of Consuelo Cordoba.
Bogota city councilwoman Olga Rubio, an advocate for the victims of acid attacks, said about 100 of assaults, mostly on women, have taken place so far this year across Colombia. It is a pace that would easily surpass last year's total of 150.
“He had hit me because of jealousy, so I ended it,” Erica Vanessa Vargas, 20, said of the day she ended her relationship with a boyfriend four years ago. “He then said, ‘If you’re not mine, than no one will have you.’ ” Her former boyfriend paid a small boy $1.75 to drench her in acid. She wears a scarf to shield her scarred neck and chin.
Maria Cuervo at home in Bogota. She suffered an acid attack nine years ago by an unknown assailant and has endured 50 surgeries. The stranger shouted, “This is so you don’t think you’re so pretty,” and obliterated her face.