After giving birth at the age of 13, whenever Amina Mba wanted
to attend prayers in her local mosque, sheer terror would stop
her from crossing the threshold.
“I would go and hide behind the mosque in order to pray,”
she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, as she lay under a
flowery cover in a ward of the Catholic Hospital Complex of
Batouri in eastern Cameroon.
The reason, she explained, was that no one could tolerate
the terrible smell and leakages of urine and faeces caused by
obstetric fistula, an agonising childbirth injury which Amina,
now aged 20, developed when she had her baby…