Pregnant the first time, Halima chose to have a traditional birth. A choice which unfortunately led to complications. After hours of labor, delivery was completed by caesarean section at Daynille hospital in Mogadishu. The child did not survive due to the difficulties related to the duration of labor and Halima developed a fistula . Sadly, her marriage also did not survive the ordeal.
Halima, 20 years old
“When the doctors told me they had to remove my uterus, it actually made me happy because it means I won’t be having any more children”
Kiya, 35 years old
"I stayed in N'djamena all this time alone with my daughter, waiting for a guardian angel who could take me away from this shameful disease"
Odeline Memhomel, 36 years old
She vowed she would become an advocate in her district to educate other women on the importance of giving birth in hospitals to avoid complications.
Zara Ali, 18 years old
Tomba, Kanem region, Chad
Rukia, 20 years old
Yeshalem, 25 years old