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The road to recovery: Halima's story

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.

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