11 Aug '11, 9am

Teenage brides suffer pain and shame of fistula Fistula was virtually eradicated in developed countries in the 19th cent

Teenage brides suffer pain and shame of fistula Fistula was virtually eradicated in developed countries in the 19th cent

NAIROBI, Kenya - "Nobody wants a woman who passes stools all the time and smells," whispered Farhiya Mohamed Farah, explaining why her husband divorced her when she was pregnant with their second child. Farah, developed a hole between her vagina and rectum, causing faeces to leak from her body, after giving birth to her first child at age 18 while fleeing gunfire in Somalia. The condition, known as fistula, affects 2 million women around the world, mostly in Africa, according to the World Health Organisation. Fistula was virtually eradicated in developed countries in the 19th century, following the discovery of caesarean section. "People would ask who is making that bad smell, coughing and covering their noses. So I was always isolating myself," she said. Too poor to buy sanitary pads, she stuffed her underwear with rags. But faeces still leaked onto her clothes, forcing h...

Full article: http://www.divaasia.com/article/14094

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