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Eight years with the misery of a fistula and repaired!!!

Faatuma comes from Hiddelu in Awra. She is the mother of 6 children – her eldest is 20 years old and a mother herself. In having the 6th child in her remote pastoralist home (as she had done with each of her children), she labored and delivered the baby over 24 hours but then came the battle to get the placenta out. She described how so many people came and pushed and pulled hanging her almost upside down dangling on a rope tied to the framework of her mobile house at the highest point of the dome. She lingered for over 2 days and eventually, having consumed many types of Afar traditional medicines and by now exhausted, the placenta came out leaving her limp and ill. Once over this, she noticed she had no control of her urine – thinking this was temporary ad she would recover, she said nothing.(more)


Barbara May Maternity Hospital Introduction in Mille, Afar Region, Ethiopia (November 2011).

In Ethiopia and across much of the developing world women do not have access to health care during their pregnancy or delivery. There is a paucity of health care services, for example, in the Afar area of Ethiopia that has a population of 2.2 million people, and there were no obstetric services. Most women deliver in their villages with no medical attention whatsoever. As a result it is estimated that up to 1 in 12 women will die from pregnancy during their lifetimes, partly because they have so many pregnancies during their life.

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Counting the costs: replacing pastoralism with irrigated agriculture in the Awash Valley, north-eastern Ethiopia
Pastoralism is often viewed as a primitive, unproductive way of life - an economic dead end that poses no credible alternative to modern, technologically advanced and input-dependent forms of irrigated agriculture. The results presented in this paper call these presumptions into question.

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Roy Behnke, Carol Kerven

Policy brief "Capitalizing on pastoralism to feed people and achieve
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