Some time last year I was off from work , and at that time my sister came visiting from Italy . We were home , just chit chatting and decided to login my laptop to watch some movies .
As we were searching for a film I came across one titled “DRY”; it’s a Nigerian film directed by Stephanie Okereke Linus. I most say this movie got me and my sister in tears .
I most point out that thanks to this film I came to realise what VVF is “Vesico Vaginal Fistula” , honestly I have never heard about such until then. I was aware and against child marriage but never heard of VVF .
What motivated me to watch it , was the cover of the film , “for my mind this film go though no be small” .. that’s how I clicked the play button and started watching it .
Why I am writing on this movie? Well I am doing so because this movie helped create and awareness in me;
a part from being sad whilst watching this movie, I was also upset by the fact that in Nigeria and Africa as a whole child marriage still goes on. I was upset because I wished I could do something , I was highly moved and touched by this movie and I strongly recommend you to watch it .
WHAT IS VVF?
Fistula is often caused by childbirth.
when a prolonged labor presses the unborn child tightly against the pelvis, cutting off blood flow to the vesicovaginal wall. The affected tissue may necrotize (die), leaving a hole.
Vaginal fistulas can also result from particularly violent cases of rape, especially those involving multiple rapists and/or foreign objects. Some health centers in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo have begun to specialize in the surgical repair of vaginal fistulas.
It can also be associated with hysterectomy cancer operations, radiation therapy and cone biopsy.
Vesicovaginal fistula, or VVF, is an abnormal fistulous tract extending between the bladder (or vesico) and the vagina that allows the continuous involuntary discharge of urine into the vaginal vault.
In addition to the medical sequela from these fistulas, they often have a profound effect on the patient’s emotional well-being.
” Nigeria has the highest prevalence rate of Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) in the world with an alleged number of between 400,000 and 800,000 women living with this scourge.
There are anywhere between 12,000 and 20,000 new cases occurring annually, with 90 per cent remaining untreated. The implication of this is that an average of 55 women are infected by VVF on a daily basis and it is conservatively estimated that two million women suffer from obstetric fistula globally.
Northern Nigeria has a disproportionate amount of VVF cases with over 85 per cent of these figures.”
Let the children enjoy the fact that they are children , why let them grow so quickly ? Everything has his stage in life , and a marriage at the age of 14 or as low as 10 is not acceptable.
The world legal age for marriage starts from 18, this because they are adults , and matured enough to know what they are doing .
LET THEM GROW, at this age all they have to pursue is their education,
“Children are the future leaders of tomorrow”
Let’s end child marriage now