2013 Photo Contest, Observed Portraits, 1st prize

Victims of Forced Love


Ebrahim Noroozi

07 December, 2012

Somayeh Mehri (29) and Rana Afghanipour are a mother and daughter living in Bam, southern Iran. They were attacked with acid by Somayeh’s husband Amir.

About the photographer

Ebrahim Noroozi

Ebrahim Noroozi was born in 1980 in Tehran, Iran. He began working as a professional photographer in 2004, with Fars News Agency. His photographs have appeared nationally and in...

Background story

Bam, Iran

Rana Afghanipour’s skin is easily irritated following injury in an acid attack, and her mother Somayeh frequently removes her clothes to cool and calm her.


Somayeh Mehri (29) and Rana Afghanipour (3) were attacked with acid by Somayeh’s husband Amir. Somayeh had frequently been beaten and locked up by her husband, and finally found the courage to ask for a divorce. Amir warned her that if she persisted in her attempts to leave him, she would not live out life with the face she had.

One night in June 2011, he poured acid on Somayeh and Rana as they slept. Somayeh’s and Rana’s faces, hands, and, in places, their bodies were severely burned. Somayeh was blinded, and Rana lost one of her eyes. Somayeh’s father sold his land in order to raise money to pay their medical expenses, and fellow villagers have also helped.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/3200 sec
Focal length
24 mm
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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