A Facebook friend recently posted this documentary and I was immediately drawn to it because she mentioned it was about Ethiopia (a growing interest of mine, with two close friends currently in the process of adopting children from Ethiopia). Come to find out, it really tugged on my heartstrings for so many other reasons, touching my heart as a woman who cares deeply about childbirth, women’s issues, and the heart of God for the outcast.
The documentary tells the remarkable story of women living in the country side of Ethiopia with a rare medical condition, obstetric fistula, a devastating injury resulting from neglected, prolonged childbirth that leaves a woman incontinent physically and socially ostracized by her village, her friends, and her family. One woman in the film, when her husband learned of her incontinence, was immediately thrown out of her home and sent out of her village. My heart was broken for these women, these modern day lepers, physically suffering and socially rejected.
Heartbreaking as it is, you must watch it. Listen to the stories of these women. Join in their sorrow and rejoice in their hope as they journey towards restoration of body and soul.
You can watch the entire documentary for free online:
More Facts on Fistulas
Called “the single most dramatic aftermath of neglected childbirth”, fistulas are caused, at the root, by poverty and lack of access to sufficient healthcare, affecting an estimated 100,000 women each year. Fistula is most prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
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How You Can Help
The Fistula Foundation offers many practical suggestions on how to help and creative ideas for advocacy and fundraising.
It costs $450 for the surgery and post-op care for one patient at the Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Financial contributions can be made through The Fistula Foundation and go directly toward restoring these women.