If you have had an opportunity to listen to some of the fistula survivor interviews posted in Let's Palava, then you know that some of the women living at the Rehab Center are awaiting additional surgery and are not yet “dry.”
I encourage you to listen to the interviews. Some of them are hard to understand in places, as there is a lot of background noise. Sometimes it is hard to understand their enunciation or certain expressions.
One thing is clear. The emotional trauma caused by a fistula: tears, pain, and bitterness. These gave me a new understanding. Pain flickered in more than one survivor’s eyes when she recalled being too ashamed to go out with friends because she was leaking urine. Another’s voice grew hard and bitter when commenting that her family would have nothing to do with her after she got her fistula. Still another got tears in her eyes and said no one loved her except for God and Dignity:Liberia. I also understand that now they have hope. They are healed or improved, they feel loved, and they have learned a trade. They went from restricted lives to having a future of promise.
If you have supported Dignity:Liberia in any way, you have played a big part of that hope! I wish you could see and hear the appreciation of the Rehab Center staff and the fistula survivors. Your help means so much to them!