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Monica's Smoked Nile Perch

Monica spent years suffering from an uncorrected obstetric fistula, a debilitating injury to the birth canal caused by prolonged child labor in most cases. Women with a fistula can suffer incontinence. And in rural Uganda, this often results in social isolation, abandonment by the woman’s family, and subsequent poverty with no way for her to support herself. But, after receiving a free medical procedure sponsored by an NGO, Monica is doing much better. She now runs a successful business selling her famous smoked Nile perch at a marketplace near Iganga Town, Uganda. By all accounts, her smoked fish (also known as pasted fish in Uganda) is the best in the marketplace.

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