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2007.05.31
* Habiba’s story shows dangers of early marriage in Niger * 29 May 2007 17 year-old Habiba lives in a small village in southern Niger’s Tibiri region. She was married when she was barely 14 years old. SOUNDBITE: (Haussa), Habiba, 17 “I was given in marriage when I turned 14. At that time I was healthy. I got pregnant one year after the marriage. I was in labour for 2 days and was transferred to a regional hospital where I had a caesarean. That’s when I suffered a fistula.” A botched caesarean ripped her small uterus which made her urine and faeces come out of the same opening. Her fistula left her with chronic incontinence and pain. She lost her baby hours after he was born. But Habiba’s ordeal didn’t stop here: her husband left her and the village rejected her. Today she lives alone with her mother. Ostracised and humiliated, she no longer ventures outside her house, not even to get water Young women are especially at risk of fistula and Habiba’s fate is not unusual in Niger which has the world’s highest incidence of early marriage and where on average, women bear 7 children. By 15 half of all the girls are married, by 17 they’re either pregnant or already a mother. UNICEF has been working with the government, traditional chiefs and religious leaders to raise the age when girls get married to 18, support their health needs and education. Early marriage is one of the main obstacles to a girl’s education: once married most girls drop out of school. 14 year old Soueba lives just a few houses away from her friend Habiba. She was promised to be married but, her mother explains, Soueba’s father delayed her wedding after attending a village awareness campaign about the dangers of early marriage and then hearing about Habiba’s fistula. SOUNDBITE: (Haussa), Soueba, 14 “I’m really happy and moved to have escaped from my marriage. My neighbour’s situation and the horrible consequences of her wedding speak for themselves: “God saved me!” For her part, Habiba dreams of having a normal life. SOUNDBITE: (Haussa), Habiba, 17 “My dream is to heal because I no longer have any contacts with anybody because they show their disgust with my smell that’s why dream is to be cured.” For now, her mother prays for Habiba who is scheduled to have an operation in the common months.
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