FISTULA: OUR SILENT SHAME

Eunice Owino
Posted October 21, 2013 from Kenya

Hi comrades, This is the link to my module 4 assignment. It was a very challenging assignment. to begin with the work i had initially planned to cover could not work out as the community is so hostile and can not allow strangers to interview them. Then i proceeded with my plan B. Everything went well till when I was editing, i noted that I captures video using portrait instead of landscape. Kindly forgive me on this. It was not easy for me to reschedule interviews the second round but I have now learnt my lesson.

This article is part of a writing assignment for Voices of Our Future a program of World Pulse that provides rigorous new media and citizen journalism training for grassroots women leaders. World Pulse lifts and unites the voices of women from some of the most unheard regions of the world.Voices of Our Future 2013 Assignments: Multimedia

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Olanike
Oct 24, 2013
Oct 24, 2013

The courage exhibited by your lead respondent, who was a victim is very compelling. Her story is a sad reminder of the many stories of, particularly, child brides who more often than not are affected by this grave health issue. It is quite disheartening that victims are often abandoned to their fate. The root cause of the problem must be tackled holistically and I cannot but echo that preventive measures should be projected to save women the traumatic experience that is linked to Fistula.

Anyone who has insight into or about what Fistula is will definitely agree with me that the message is very straight forward, and it needs to be heard and propagated. The message behind your story drowned everything you may want to think didn't go right.

Kudos and much love, Greengirl

Eunice Owino
Oct 24, 2013
Oct 24, 2013

Hi Greengirl, Thank you for your insightful comment on the issue of fistula, Yes causes such as early marriages, FGM and poverty should be addressed to spare women from such dehumanizing act. Regards

Iryna
Oct 22, 2013
Oct 22, 2013

Ayunnie, the way you captured the video - landscape or portrait - doesn't make it less value! You speak about the problem people prefer not illuminate. Doing this you take off the veil of fear and misunderstanding, and this is your greatest achievement.

Sending to you my warmest greetings, Iryna

Eunice Owino
Oct 24, 2013
Oct 24, 2013

Hi Iryna, Very encouraging comments. Thank you

Celine
Oct 23, 2013
Oct 23, 2013

Hi sis,

I love your work-- clear vision, clear voice and straight to the point. You really did a great job to be able to get such a lead respondent. She has lived above the stigma, speaking openly of her experience and encouraging others to come out and get medication. A lot of women who have VVF in my community hardly come to the open. I am touched.

Well done.

Celine Osukwu

Eunice Owino
Oct 24, 2013
Oct 24, 2013

Hi Celine, What an encouraging comment my sister o. I amhumbled by the way you described the lead respondent. I totally agree that women will move to greater heights when they accept where they are and what happened to them and then forge forward. we are conquerors and nothing can put down a woman who is strong wheeled. This is why we are here in WP to encourage women to speak out, heal and touch others in the process. Be blessed my dear

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby
Oct 24, 2013
Oct 24, 2013

Dear Ayunnie,

No need for any apologies! This is a touching, highly informative and meaningful, important piece of work. All those you interviewed are excellent choices; well spoken and so appealing. The dear woman who is featured is someone I'd like to hug -- sweet soul! She brings out my empathy and will surely have that effect on everyone who views this work. I am glad to understand what fistula is, as many other people will be. I trust that many others will see and appreciate this video and that it will spur them on to action! With Appreciation, Sarah
Eunice Owino
Oct 24, 2013
Oct 24, 2013

Hi Sarah, You are the greatest encourager, Thank you so much for your very rejuvenating comments. I am glad to meet optimistic people like you through WP. The survivor felt so nice when i hugged her on behalf of u. She is so touched by your feedback. Be blessed my dear sister

Precious Nkeih
Oct 30, 2013
Oct 30, 2013

Hi Ayunnie,

Thank you for enlightening me about fistula. I had not known about it.

Love, Precious

Eunice Owino
Oct 31, 2013
Oct 31, 2013

Hi Precious, Yes my dear we learn through one another, WP has this powerful and unique way of bringing all women from all corners of the world with their stories together, we connect, reconnect and learn from one another. Thank you for stopping by.

bitani
Nov 09, 2013
Nov 09, 2013

Eunice, this is a very sad topic, but it is so courageous of you to address it, and for Judy to speak about her experience.

best regards,

Bayan

Eunice Owino
Nov 09, 2013
Nov 09, 2013

Hi Bayan, Thank you for taking time to watch the video on FISTULA. my dear its the reality and some of our fellow ladies suffer silently with this! we will continue bringing such stories to the limelight so that the root causes like delayance in delivery, poor medical facilities, lack of medical facilities in the community to be addressed in our countries

Regards

EUNICE