Aichatou Moussa, 16 years old at the Centre of Female Victims of Fistula. Aichatou has been treated and accommodated at the centre for two weeks and may wait up to three months before her surgery. They come from Sabangori Aballak about 300km from Niamey.
Aichatou - 'After I gave birth it began to hurt a lot and and I believed I was going to die and was so ashamed to not be able to control it (the urinating). After the operation it still hurts but not like before. I hope I will recover, I heard of stories with other women who came with more complicated cases than mine and they recovered. I am scared now of having the next baby though. For my children I want them to go to school because I never did. ‘
Aichatou’s father - 'Aichatou never went to school, there is not even a school in the village. She had the fistula after giving birth less than two months before to a stillborn baby. We returned to the village and one week later when we saw that the urine was not stopping we were referred to Niamey's main hospital. We were then referred to the NGO who the hospital has a partnership with in treating women with fistula.'
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