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Farhiya's Story: Free From the Shame of Fistula

This film chronicles the story of Somali woman Farhiya, who after giving birth at the age of 17 developed a painful, life-threatening and embarrassing condition called fistula common among many women giving birth in developing countries without strong medical support. The condition affects 2 million women around the world, mostly in Africa, according to the World Health Organization. Fistula was virtually eradicated in developed countries in the 19th century, following the discovery of Cesarean section. 

Women like Farhiya are ostracized in their communities and forced to live a life in hiding and in pain. Their suffering could be solved with a simple surgery but the women often are not financially stable to afford the surgery or don't know such a surgery exists. 

Farhiya was able to get the surgery in a refugee camp hospital and now lives a happy, empowered life. She also tells viewers of how she gave birth while fleeing her home hearing machine gunfire overhead. Her husband later divorced her for having fistula, claiming he could not have a relationship with her. Farhiya now lives with her two young children in Dabaab, Kenya, which was the world's largest refugee camp at the time this film was made. 

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