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Asnaku Tebibu arrived at the Hamlin Fistula hospital in Addis Ababa after suffering with obstetric fistula during labor with her second child. Brought to the hospital by her brother after eight months of suffering, Asnaku was asked why she waited so long to be healed. She replied that she had to "wait [for] my daughter to be strong."
At the hospital, Asnaku also had a chance to receive the schooling that she never had at home. She was able to learn the alphabet and to read, and to spend part of her time working on the handicrafts that she enjoys. When asked why she waited untilnow to come to the hospital to be cured from her fistula she said shehad to "wait [for] my daughter to be strong."
Asnaku's story and others from Ethiopia are shared worldwide on photographer Joni Kabana's blog and provided here courtesy of Hamlin Fistula USA.
GreaterGood.org supports Hamlin Fistula USA's efforts to provide healthcare for women suffering from obstetric fistula through the Gifts That Give More [tm] program.