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"Our Father…"

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Jenifer Nyirmbe, 22, prays. After childbirth, she developed an obstetric fistula that caused incontinence, and she was ostracized by her community.

Jennifer prays outside the church. She does not go inside. "I pray that God will set me free," says Jennifer.

Obstetric fistulas can be the result of difficult or prolonged labor. In countries such as Uganda where many women rely on untrained traditional birth attendants, difficult labor can lead to internal damage that causes incontinence.

“It disturbs me every day,” says Jennifer. “I have discharge all the time. It happens after I eat. It happens anytime.” 

Jennifer delivered a baby in August 2015 at her uncle’s house. "We lost the child," says her father, Vincent Owechi, 49. 

A week later, Jennifer became incontinent. After Jennifer’s fistula, her mother left the family, taking her sister. Now Jennifer can do nothing because of her incontinence.

"She stays the whole day here," says Vincent. "On Sunday, she goes to church to pray."

Since this photo was taken, Jenifer underwent successful fistula repair surgery at a World Vision medical camp. She thanks God for her life being restored.

Photo©2016 World vision, Jon Warren

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