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Page Acts as Midwife to Award-Winning Film on Childbirth Fistulas
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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.
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