Monday, March 06, 2006

Trail of tears

It is a smelly, offensive and debilitating condition in which women injured in childbirth uncontrollably leak a trail of urine or feces.

The condition, known as fistula, all but disappeared in the Western world in the late 19th century, when Caesarean section births became widely available.

But in sub-Saharan Africa, the condition remains widespread, sentencing as many as 3 million women to a life of abandonment and enforced solitude....

Ethiopia's trail of tears (The Washington Times) March 5, 2006
Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital