Silent, hidden and prevalent – obstetric fistula
A Walk to Beautiful tells the stories of five Ethiopian women who suffer from devastating childbirth injuries and embark on a journey to reclaim their lost dignity. Rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, these women are left to spend the rest of their lives in loneliness and shame. They make the choice to take the long and arduous journey to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in search of a cure and a new life.
Obstetric Fistula is it’s demeaning, it’s painful and wholly preventable and in many cases there is the additional pain of loosing ones child. FGM and forced child marriages contribute to obstetric fistula in women and girls for example in Northern Nigeria where it is estimated some 800,000 women are suffering. MSF produced the video below on the work of a hospital in Jahun, Nigeria which provides free surgery and treatment for women.