This is the first of three videos that tell the stories of Tihun,
Yeserash, and Abebu -- three young women from Ethiopia who have
survived obstetric fistula. The women and their family members give
insight into the difficulties of life with fistula, the joys of being
repaired, and the lessons learned from their experiences. These videos
are excerpts from the film "Bringing Back Dignity," produced under the
ACQUIRE project funded by USAID.
Despite the double tragedy of
losing her baby and developing a fistula, Tihun has been blessed with a
supportive husband who did not leave her when she was ill. Her husband
Aweke explains that everyone urged him to leave his wife with beliefs
that he would contract her condition, but he would not do so. Both
Tihun and Aweke have learned valuable lessons from Tihun's fistula.
Aweke regrets not being careful to use protection that would prevent an
early pregnancy. Tihun vows that if she ever has a daughter she will
not marry her off, and instead will let her go to school and then
choose her own husband.