Courage by Larry Louie
© 2011 Larry Louie
      Juror's Comment

      From Deanne Fitzmaurice:
      "This photograph shows the strength of the human spirit overcoming unbearable odds. It is a strong, elegant portrait that tells an important story of acid-burn attacks on women."

    • Title: Courage
    • Artist: Larry Louie
    • From: Edmonton, AB Canada

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    • Address: 10634-124 Street
      Edmonton, AB T5N1S3, Canada

    Artist Statement

    "Fendousi Aklan is among Bangladesh’s many female victims of acid burn attacks. She was no peasant girl from the countryside, but was from an educated family and was going to college when a rejected male classmate threw acid in her face and scarred her for life. Her face melted, her eyesight gone and her hands and body scarred for life. But she was not given into despair. After healing and rehabilitation, she continued on with her life and is now a teacher and housemother for the only school for blind girls in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has risen above the painful mutilations and devoted her life helping others just as unfortunate as herself. She is the very symbol of courage for the many victims of acid attacks in the world."