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“In Addition to Losing my Son, I Also Began Leaking Urine” – Mwanarabu’s Story

My name is Mwanarabu Mwambasa, and I come from Vihiga County in Western Kenya. I am 20 years old and I am educated up to class 8. I have lived with fistula for five years now, and this is my story. At the age of 15 years, I fell pregnant. It was a relatively uneventful …Read More


BROKEN VESSEL By Lesley Chepng’etich Kipyiegon   A friend will ask, how are you? Often we reply, am OK. But inside we’re not fine at all. We are all created as beautiful vessels. But sometimes the vessels break. We break, emotional, spiritually or physically. Others can be mended, others take long and others suffer silently …Read More

I Gave Birth in the Dark Forest and Developed a Fistula in the Process

43 year-old Juliet Muthoni is a vegetable vendor in her hometown in Nyeri County. She is a mother of three children aged between 5 years and 15 years. Her dream to bring to life her fourth child in April 2015 is however a painful memory etched deep in her heart. It all began on the …Read More

“My Life is now Back on Track: My Dignity has been Restored!” Milka Mailu’s Story

The motherhood journey for 26 year-old Milkah Mailu from Kwale County in Kenya’s Coast Province has not been an easy one. A class eight dropout, Milkah fell pregnant at the age of 20 years. At that time, she was still living with her parents in a rural village in Shimba Hills. When it was time …Read More

“I’m Now Ready to Fully Embark on my Political Ambitions!” -Evalynne Nekesa

47 year-old Evalynne Nekesa is a primary school teacher in Bungoma County, Western Kenya. She is married with four children. Evalynne enjoys motherhood and all the responsibilities that come along with it. This is evident in the way she talks about her children, with such love and passion. However, beneath the radiant smile on her …Read More

“I Took too Long to Get to the Hospital, and Hence Lost my Baby” -Naropil’s Story

When 15 year-old Naropil Enole Kereto got married to her 29 year-old husband in 2010, she was a happy young lady. She had acquired the much coveted status of being somebody’s wife –a second wife. Naropil comes from Narok County in Kenya’s Rift Valley province. In her Maasai community, polygamy is not unusual. Having never …Read More

I Haven’t Laughed in Over Five Decades -The Rose Mwikali Story

At the prime age of 25 years, Rose Mwikali carried her pregnancy with great joy, excited at the thought of meeting her newborn. It was the first child for Mwikali, now aged 87 years who hails from Kitui County in the Eastern part of Kenya. When she finally began experiencing labor pains, Mwikali decided to …Read More

Finally, I’m Stepping Out of my ‘Prison’ -Irene Kerubo’s Story

Ten years ago, 23 year-old Irene Kerubo delivered her baby at a hospital in Kisii town in Nyanza province, Western Kenya. But her childbirth experience is one she would rather forget. It was a difficult birth for the young girl barely out of puberty, a prolonged labour and painful birth that had no happy ending …Read More

Life Begins at 81 Years –The Beatrice Wambui Story

On one cold Friday evening in July, we meet 81 year-old Beatrice Wambui at the Kenyatta National Hospital. The elderly mother of three hails from Gatundu South, a constituency in Kiambu County, Central Kenya. We find Beatrice seated on her bed, sipping a hot mug of brown porridge. But seeing her mother comfortably sip on …Read More

Fistula in Kenya: The Facts and The Needed Approaches

What is Obstetric Fistula (VVF)? Obstetric (or Vesico-Vaginal fistula –VVF) is a devastating condition that affects poor rural women and girls across the continent. It manifests itself as an abnormal communication between the urinary bladder and vagina, which leads to uncontrolled, continuous leakage of urine and/or fecal matter (for RVF cases). The World Health Organization …Read More