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Innocence in Jinja Hospital

This ten-year-old girl, pictured here with her mother, was in hospital to receive a medical procedure, sponsored by the NGO, the Uganda Village Project, to correct an obstetric fistula, a debilitating injury to the birth canal. Most women suffering from a fistula receive the injury giving birth, but the age of this patient implies that in all likelihood, she sustained the injury to her birth canal as a result of being raped. During our interview with her, she expressed her happiness at how much better she felt after the procedure, and she said she was looking forward to leaving the hospital and resuming school.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2018
Date Uploaded: 08.2018
Photo Location: Jinja, Uganda
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Ben Blankenship