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BY AISHA MOHAMMED
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In pockets of the world where there are no doctors
and schools, where each morning brings little to eat
and hard labor, where child marriage is the norm, a
pregnancy can lead to a lifetime of shame and isolation.
Ayehu, a woman living in rural Ethiopia, was
headed down this path.
An obstructed childbirth resulted in the loss of her child and a
fistula— an injury to the bladder and sometimes the rectum, that
causes incontinence. Ayehu’s husband soon left and she moved
back home, living hidden away for four years in a shack made
from sticks. Although her mother loved her, she lived alone because
others could not tolerate her smell. Taunted by neighbors,
and hated by her siblings, Ayehu often contemplated suicide.